Eneabba Mineral Sands Mine
IPL North Proposal
Part IV – Referral Form
Iluka Resources Limited
PURPOSE OF THIS FORM
Section 38(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) provides that where a
proponent may refer the proposal to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for
a decision on whether or not it requires assessment under the EP Act. This form sets
out the information requirements for the referral of a proposal by a proponent.
Proponents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the EPA’s General Guide
and Schemes] before completing this form.
A referral under section 38(1) of the EP Act by a proponent to the EPA must be made
proposal) must be made on this form. This form will be treated as a referral provided
all information required by Part A has been included and all information requested by
Part B has been provided to the extent that it is pertinent to the proposal being
referred. Referral documents are to be submitted in two formats – hard copy and
electronic copy. The electronic copy of the referral will be provided for public comment
for a period of 7 days, prior to the EPA making its decision on whether or not to assess
Before you submit this form, please check that you have:
wishes to provide (if applicable).
Included Attachment 3 – confidential information (if applicable).
Enclosed an electronic copy of all referral information, including
(All fields of Part A must be completed for this document to be treated as a referral)
PROPONENT AND PROPOSAL INFORMATION
Iluka Resources Limited (Iluka)
Joint Venture parties (if applicable)
(where the proponent is a corporation or an association of
persons, whether incorporated or not, the postal address is
that of the principal place of business or of the principal
office in the State)
GPO Box U1988
Perth WA 6845
Key proponent contact for the proposal:
Level 23, 140 St George’s Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
Phone: 08 9360 4697
Consultant for the proposal (if applicable):
IPL North Proposal
Open cut mining over approximately
six years will extract over 2.1Mt of
heavy mineral concentrate (HMC)
(mostly zircon and titanium minerals)
from the IPL North mineral deposit.
Mining is proposed to commence at
the most southern end of the deposit
and progress to the north at an
average advance rate of
approximately 3m/day. It is expected
that mining will occur 24 hours/day for
the majority of the Proposal.
All overburden will be returned to the
directly returned as mining
progresses, i.e. not stockpiled. The
sand tails fraction of the mining by-
products will be placed in the mined-
out void. The clay/slime fraction will
be co-disposed with the remaining
sand tails in tailings storage facilities
within existing operational areas.
Rehabilitation will occur on the
advanced open cut.
Ore will undergo initial onsite
processing of the HMC will take place
at Iluka’s mineral separation plant
(MSP) at Narngulu. The MSP will
produce commercial products (largely
rutile and zircon) for export to
overseas markets. By-products from
the MSP will either be sold or
transported back to the Iluka
Eneabba Mineral Sands Mine to be
buried within the existing approved
The Proposal does not involve any
hence there will be no increase to unit
(i.e. daily) water consumption, unit
electricity consumption, unit waste
and wastewater production. The
Proposal will have a processing rate
of approximately 600tph (which is
50% of the Newman WCP capacity),
will produce around 350kta of HMC
and use approximately 8GL per year
(GL/yr) of water for processing.
Further details of the Proposal are
Extent (area) of proposed ground disturbance.
The Proposal area covers an area of
545ha and includes areas of native
vegetation as well as previously
and/or currently disturbed areas such
as the railway line, gas pipeline,
existing roads, motocross, etc. The
proposed locations for the topsoil
stockpiles are on existing disturbed
The potential disturbance area of
under investigation and subject to
Further details of the potential
Timeframe in which the activity or development is
proposed to occur (including start and finish
dates where applicable).
Subject to obtaining all necessary
approvals and licences, stripping of
soil and overburden is scheduled to
begin at the south end of the deposit
in Q1 2015. Processing of the ore
through the MUP, the wet
concentrator plant (WCP), the South
Secondary Concentrator (SSC) and
transport of HMC to Narngulu will
begin in Q2 2015. Processing at the
deposit is expected to conclude in Q2
Topsoil replacement over the deposit
throughout the life of the operations.
Details of any staging of the proposal.
Is the proposal a strategic proposal?
proposal is a derived proposal?
If so, provide the following information on the
strategic assessment within which the referred
proposal was identified:
title of the strategic assessment; and
Ministerial Statement number.
Please indicate whether, and in what way, the
existing mining operations at the
Eneabba Mineral Sands Mine. The
Eneabba Mineral Sands Mine
commenced in the 1970s and Iluka
conducts the mining operations in
accordance with the provisions of the
Mineral Sands (Eneabba) State
Agreement Act 1975 (MSSAA).
The Iluka Eneabba operations were
mining of the Twin Hills deposit.
The mining of the Proposal will
operations by approximately six
years. The IPL North mineral deposit
is the highest grade heavy mineral
(HM) deposit at the Eneabba Mineral
Does the proponent own the land on which the
proposal is to be established? If not, what other
arrangements have been established to access
Part of the Proposal is on Lot 10
which is owned by Iluka with the
remainder located on Crown Reserve
and Vacant Crown Land.
Development of the Proposal is within
(AM70/267) and Mining Lease
Further details are provided in the
What is the current land use on the property, and
the extent (area in hectares) of the property?
Table 1: Land use, owners and extent of
Eneabba Town Lot
75 – State of WA
– town water
Town Lot 396 –
State of WA
Land – State of
gas pipeline &
18828 – private
Mineral Sands Ltd)
*Includes Mine Access Road, gas pipeline & railway line
Name of the Shire in which the proposal is
Shire of Carnamah
For urban areas:
nearest road intersection.
Eneabba, Western Australia
For remote localities:
nearest town; and
distance and direction from that town to the
Electronic copy of spatial data - GIS or CAD, geo-
referenced and conforming to the following
GIS: polygons representing all activities and
CAD: simple closed polygons representing
projection: Geographic (latitude/longitude)
or Map Grid of Australia (MGA);
coverages, Microstation or AutoCAD.
Enclosed?: Yes / No
Does the proponent wish to request the EPA to
treated as confidential?
Yes / No
separate document in hard copy?
Yes ./ No
Is rezoning of any land required before the
If yes, please provide details.
State Government agency or Local Authority for
any part of the proposal?
If yes, please complete the table below.
Yes / No
Yes / No
made under Part IV of
Protection Act 1986.
Yes – this submission
A Works Approval and
17 Dick Perry
will be required from the
Department of Water
mining within P1 Water
Reserve Area and Well
Head Protection Zone.
Proclamation of a water
the area of a temporary
PO Box 73
Department of Mines
The DMP will require
submit a Mining
including a Mine Closure
under the Mining Act
(Mining Act) for the
100 Plain Street
Department of State
Approval is required
under the Mineral Sands
State Agreement Act
A Referral will be
submitted under the
Describe the impacts of the proposal on the following elements of the environment, by
answering the questions contained in Sections 2.1-2.11:
rivers, creeks, wetlands and estuaries;
significant areas and/ or land features;
coastal zone areas;
marine areas and biota;
water supply and drainage catchments;
These features should be shown on the site plan, where appropriate.
For all information, please indicate:
the source of the information; and
the currency of the information.
2.1.1 Do you propose to clear any native flora and vegetation as a part of this proposal?
[A proposal to clear native vegetation may require a clearing permit under Part V of
the EP Act (Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations
2004)]. Please contact the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) for
2.1.2 How much vegetation are you proposing to clear (in hectares)?
native vegetation as well as previously and/or currently disturbed areas such as the
railway line, gas pipeline, existing roads, motocross, etc. The proposed locations for
the topsoil stockpiles are on existing disturbed land.
Iluka proposes to clear approximately 350ha of native flora and vegetation within
the total proposal area however the potential disturbance areas are still under
investigation and subject to further design.
Further details are provided in the Supporting Document.
2.1.3 Have you submitted an application to clear native vegetation to the DEC (unless
you are exempt from such a requirement)?
application submitted of the DEC?
2.1.4 Are you aware of any recent flora surveys carried out over the area to be disturbed
survey reports and provide the date and name
of persons / companies involved in the
biological surveys conducted prior to consulting
with the DEC.
Since 2001 Woodman Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd (Woodman Environmental)
has carried out several programmes of vegetation surveys within areas identified for
future mining. These surveys occurred in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 and
included both proposed impact and buffer areas around mining operations
(Woodman Environmental 2012). Regional floristic mapping of the Northern
Sandplains area (which includes the Iluka Eneabba lease areas as well as the
Tiwest Dongara lease area) undertaken by Woodman Environmental in 2007/2008
considered a total of 810 taxa during the statistical analysis to determine the
Floristic Community Types (FCTs) within this area. A total of 42 FCTs were
identified during the statistical analysis of the regional dataset, 30 of which were
recorded within the Iluka lease areas (Woodman Environmental 2012). The study
methodology was developed in consultation with the DEC and is consistent with the
EPA Guidance Statement No. 51 (EPA 2004).
During 2010, Woodman Environmental surveyed established quadrats to improve
the accuracy of the dataset and record any herbaceous annual or perennial species
that may not have been recorded during the initial survey in 2007/2008. Previously
disturbed areas including pastureland, rehabilitation and land cleared of vegetation
for mining and infrastructure have been collectively categorised as being ‘cleared’.
2.1.5 Has a search of DEC records for known occurrences of rare or priority flora or
for any part of your proposal, a search of DEC
records of known occurrences of rare or
priority flora and threatened ecological
communities will be required. Please contact
DEC for more information.
A total of 11 DRF species (as defined by the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950) and 79
Priority flora species have been recorded within the Iluka mining leases by
Woodman Environmental, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
and other environmental consultants up to December 2011 (Woodman
Environmental 2012). Of these species only one DRF species is known to occur
within the Proposal area, namely:
Paracaleana dixonii: FCT1a, FCT1b, FCT2a and FCT6b
October – early November 2011 which is the most appropriate time to identify some
of the cryptic species of the region including annual orchid species Paracaleana
dixonii. Surveys were conducted using 50m grid lines, however when Priority flora
were identified, the immediate area at that location was also searched for additional
populations/individuals. This resulted in an additional 67,332 plants being added to
the Iluka Project Priority flora database.
No Threatened Ecological Communities (TEC) listed under the EPBC Act or under
the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WC Act) were identified during the desktop
assessment or recorded during the various surveys within the Proposal area.
Further details are provided in the Appendix A of Supporting Document.
2.1.6 Are there any known occurrences of rare or priority flora or threatened ecological