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Victorian Minister for Planning Mary Delahunty has announced approval for a planned mineral sands separation plant near Hamilton in southwest Victoria.
The plant will be used to separate up to 900,000 tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate from Iluka's mineral sands mine at Douglas, with the potential to handle material from other parts of the state.
Delahunty said a number of issues had been addressed as part of the approval process, including environmental considerations such as the effects on air quality, noise levels, traffic and water quality. Delahunty said she was satisfied that environmental objections had been adequately addressed. She said the plant would comply with all relevant Environment Protection Authority regulations.
The plant is expected to cost $88 million to build and produce minerals with an annual export value of $150 million. It is estimated that 84 jobs will be created as a direct result of its establishment and at least another 20 in transport-related activities.
"Not only will it provide jobs for Hamilton, but there's also the flow-on effect of increased economic activity in the area, '' Delahunty said. "And it has been designed with an eye to the future, including the utilisation of wastewater and using best-practice environmental management standards. Not only will it satisfy all relevant environmental criteria, the proposed separation plant will also generate valuable export income for the region and help provide employment in the long term."
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