Hillside Project, South Australia, Australia
Client – Rex Minerals Ltd
Services – Flora and Fauna, Planning and Compliance, Pest and Weed Management, Community Consultation
Assignment – Rex Minerals is proposing to mine gold-copper deposits on their Hillside property on the Yorke Peninsula, approximately 10 km south of Port Ardrossan.
Our Role – COOE are currently assisting the client with the pre-feasibility and approvals stages of the project. This includes liaising with relevant government departments to assist the client with meeting standards and guidelines, as well as undertaking extensive field surveys to gather baseline data and establish long term monitoring sites.
Native vegetation surveys have been undertaken for Significant Environmental Benefits (SEB) calculations.
The data from all survey reports will contribute to the assessment of the environmental impact of proposed mining activities and the client to develop environmental management plans. Furthermore, the data has been used in the development of the Mine Lease Proposal (MLP) and the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation (EPBC) referral where the project was assessed as not having a controlled action. COOE will also assist the client with the development of the Program for Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR) process.
COOE has undertaken the following work:
- coastal and inland flora surveys to determine the presence of threatened species
- species composition, condition and density of seagrass communities
- soil surveys to assess potential impacts on vegetation at mine closure
- intertidal habitat and fauna distributions
- fauna surveys which included pit fall traps, Elliot and cage traps, and bat monitoring
- quarterly bird surveys along the coast, remnant vegetation and agricultural areas
- significant environmental benefits (SEB) calculations
- assessment of vegetation communities and condition
- development of management and restoration plans.
COOE have, on behalf of Rex Minerals, liaised with relevant government departments to assist the client with meeting standards and guidelines.
All the required approvals for animal ethics and scientific research permits were acquired prior to commencement of the studies. Field data was recorded using datasheets designed by DEWNR. As a requirement for the various DEWNR permits; COOE submitted data of flora and fauna (including introduced/pest species) to the Biological Database of South Australia (BDBSA); and report to the Wildlife Ethics Committee.