Statutory Approvals


Statutory Approvals

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for McPhillamys Gold Project has now been released by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (NSW DPIE) for public comment.

The exhibition period will run for a minimum of 42 days.

You can view the EIS:

  • online at the DPIE website
  • in hard copy at Blayney, Cabonne, Bathurst, Lithgow or Orange Council
  • or you can pick up a free electronic copy (USB stick) from the Regis office, 57 Adelaide Street, Blayney.

In order to develop McPhillamys, Regis is required to undertake detailed research and complete a number of approval documents culminating in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which includes a Social Impact Assessment. The EIS is submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) who undertake the assessment process in accordance with statutory requirements.

In summary, the approvals process includes a number of steps. The first step being a preliminary assessment where relevant regulatory authorities are introduced to the proposed development via site visits and the submission by Regis of the ‘Preliminary Environmental Assessment’ (PEA) which outlines the proposed development. The DPE then issue the Environmental Assessment Requirements or EAR’s which must be specifically addressed by Regis in the EIS.

When the EIS is completed, it is submitted to the DPE, who publicly exhibit the document for at least 30 days to allow the public, groups and regulators to provide submissions. The submissions may be positive, negative or simply a request for additional information. Regis is then required to respond to those submissions to the DPE which then leads to the project approval decision.

If approved, the approval will contain specific conditions that Regis would need to abide by. These are likely to include requirements for environmental management, monitoring and reporting, for example, impact on noise, air quality, surface and ground water.

In addition there will be various other licences to be held as part of the development approval, for example, mining lease, water access licences (WAL’s), site verification certificate for soils, etc. The link below to the DPE website provides further details as to what is required in terms of approvals for a proposed development such as McPhillamys.

INDICATIVE DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

 Development Stage Indicative Timing Status
 Application and approvals.
  • Conceptual Project Development (DPDP) Meeting
2017 Completed
  • Planning Focus Meeting 
2017  Completed
  • Environmental Assessment Requirements (EARs) issued by NSW Government 
2018  Completed
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted to NSW Government 
2019  Completed
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public exhibition period
2019  Completed
  • Response to Submissions and Amendment Report submitted to NSW Government
2020  Completed
  • Assessment by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
2020-2021  Underway
  • Project recommendation referred to NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC)
2021   
  • Project determined by NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC)
2021   
  • Finalisation of approvals, licences and consents (if IPC approves the Project)
2021  
 Construction and commissioning
  •  Mine development construction and commissioning
 2021-2023  
  • Pipeline development construction and commissioning
 2021-2023  
 Operations
  •  Mining operations
2022-2032
 
  •  Processing and tailings management operations
2023-2034   
 Rehabilitation
  •  Biodiversity enhancement operations

2021-2035 

 
  •  Progressive rehabilitation (outer faces of waste rock enhancements, visual screens, amenity bunds)
2021-2032  
  • Decommissioning and final rehabilitation
2021-2035   
 Closure and relinquishment  Not Determined  

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