Opposition builds to Matilda Zircon sand mine

Matilda Zircon is seeing local opposition to its proposed mineral sands mine in North Dandalup and Keysbrook, Western Australia.

According to the Mandurah Mail, the mine is facing overwhelming objection from the local community including Murray-Wellington MLA Murray Cowper, Canning MP Don Randall and the Keysbrook North Dandalup Action Group (KNAG).

Land owners near the mine have also put forward objections to its construction.

Despite this, Matilda has still slated mining to begin early this year after making an application to the West Australian State Administration Tribunal to carry out the project after it was originally knocked back by the local Murray Shire.

However, the tribunal then referred the matter back to the council.

The council will most likely once more reject the proposed mine, voicing concerns that under a sand extraction licence, Matilda Zircon would not have to carry out operations within the WA Mining Act and not have to pay to pay royalties to the State Government.

Matilda have stated that the Keysbrook project has reserves of 41mt at 2.7% HM to produce 1.2 million tonnes of  HMC; which is comprised of proven reserves of 39 million tonnes at 2.7% HM and probable reserves of 2 million tonnes at 2.6% HM.

The miner also has projects on the Tiwi Islands and in Indonesia.


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