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Community Advisor and Community Education Grant program

Community Advisor and Education Programs - Trial for Mining and Quarrying Projects

The Community Advisor and Education Programs aim to assist local communities to participate in environmental and planning assessment processes for major new mining and quarrying projects. As a trial, the programs will provide funding to assist local communities where there are proposed new mining or quarrying projects.

The trial will be run during financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18 and involve:

  • Community Advisor Grants: funding will be available for eligible not-for-profit community groups to enable them to obtain legal advice and representation during environmental assessment and associated public inquiry processes
  • Community Education: workshops, clinics and resources will be delivered locally to community members where there are major new mining and quarrying proposals.

The trial programs will be evaluated after two years to determine whether they have helped to build community confidence in the public assessment of earth resource projects. This will include assessing whether communities feel heard and respected during the process, and the impact on community acceptance of the outcome.

Community Advisor Grants

Community Advisor Grants will be open to not-for profit community organisations that represent local community interests in relation to the assessment process for the Proposed Big Hill Open Cut Gold Mine.

Two grants of up to $40,000 will be available to eligible community organisations for the purpose of obtaining legal assistance to participate in the assessment process for the Big Hill proposal.

Further details of the grant application process and grant requirements will be published following the release of an amended Big Hill proposal by Kirkland Lake Gold, operator of Stawell Gold Mine.

Community Education

The Victorian Government will fund independent specialists to deliver community education workshops, clinics and resources in relation to assessment processes for major new mining and quarrying projects.

Initial funding will be provided to deliver education services to community members in relation to the Proposed Big Hill Open Cut Gold Mine.

Community education services will provide information to on the assessment process, how to get involved, and how the process relates to regulation of mining and quarrying projects.