Stockman Project

The Stockman Project has now progressed through the latest stage of regulatory assessment, with a work plan approved in April 2019 for the site, 19 kilometres east of Benambra in East Gippsland.

The mine aims to target high grade copper and zinc resources, which are in high demand to build electric vehicles, solar and wind generation equipment and a wide range of household and manufacturing uses in Australia and globally.

The work plan approval sets conditions on the activities that will be carried out under the licence, subject to further approvals, including mining, processing and tailings storage. It includes stringent safeguards to protect the water quality of Straight Creek, a tributary of the Tambo River and Gippsland Lakes. Water quality monitoring has been undertaken since the site was rehabilitated in 2006 and this will continue.

The project includes areas covered by Mining Licence 5523 (MIN5523) and is focused on mining copper and zinc at two locations. The project also includes a separate infrastructure mining licence (MIN006642) that covers the existing tailings storage facility.

The Authority Holder for the site (both licences) is WHSP Stockman Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Round Oak Minerals Pty Ltd, which itself is owned by Australian ASX listed company Washington H. Soul Pattison Pty Ltd.

Current status and future plans

In 2014, an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process concluded that the project should proceed subject to recommendations. These have been addressed in the work plan approval.

WHSP Stockman now needs to develop Environmental Quality Objectives, in consultation with East Gippsland Water and the Environment Protection Authority. The objectives will be used to compare monitoring data during and post-mining operations so that water quality standards can be set to maintain existing background conditions in the upper Tambo River.

Earth Resources Regulation assessed the proposed work in consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Southern Rural Water, the Environment Protection Authority, East Gippsland Water and East Gippsland Shire Council.

Conditions of the work plan approval

Community engagement

WHSP Stockman has a duty to consult with the community throughout the period of any licence that is granted under Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. We expect all licence holders to respond to reasonable community inquiries about the project, including inquiries from people located downstream of the site.

Participate in the consultation process

Community members can participate in the consultation process at any time during a project's life cycle. Any concerns that community members have with the project can be discussed with WHSP Stockman directly.

WHSP Stockman

Matters of community interest

WHSP Stockman intend to expand the existing tailings storage facility for its new mining operations, in line with the former Minister for Planning's Ministerial Assessment of the 2014 Environmental. A list of links relating to the Stockman Project that may be of interest to the local community is below.

Rehabilitation bond

The holder of a mining licence must provide the state with a rehabilitation bond for the estimated amount to rehabilitate the land prior to the commencement to mining works.

Post-closure safeguards

A deed is in place between WHSP Stockman and the Victorian Government under which the licence holder has agreed to fund the cost to monitor and maintain the tailings storage facility in perpetuity after the completion of mining and rehabilitation. The deed includes a requirement for the company to provide the state with a bond in the amount of $5.77 million.

Regulatory compliance

We ensure that operators comply with the conditions of their licences. Learn more about our compliance and enforcement activities.

Feedback and contact details

If you have any queries or feedback regarding the Stockman Project you can contact us or WHSP Stockman directly.

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Page last updated: 22 Oct 2019