The environmental impact study for Alkane Resources’ Dubbo zirconia project in New South Wales’ Central West has gone on public display.
The company estimates the rare metals and rare earth mine will process one million tonnes of ore per year.
If all goes to plan first production for the $AU1 billion project is expected in 2016.
Peak employment for the project estimated to be around 300 to 400 workers during construction, with that number falling back to a permanent workforce of between 230 to 250 people.
Alkane said most employees would be sourced locally.
The EIS will be available for public review and comment until November 18.
Development of Alkane Resources’ Tomingley mine, located 60 kilometres north of Parkes, New South Wales, is also well under way.
Earthworks have begun, after the company was awarded a mining lease for the $116 million gold project in February.