Metallica’s Cape Flattery meets coordinated project criteria

Metallica Minerals’ (ASX MLM) Cape Flattery Silica (CFS) Project meets the criteria for a coordinated project under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

The company says it is the first project at Cape Flattery to be declared a coordinated project by the Queensland Government’s Office of the Coordinator-General. The company lodged its submission with the Office of the Coordinator-General in September 2023.

The submission sought approval for up to 4mtpa of production. Metallica notes a coordinated project designation is intended to streamline interactions with key state and Commonwealth government departments and agencies.

The Coordinator-General will now prepare draft terms of reference for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which will be released to the public for comment. To date significant environmental works have been undertaken which can be used towards meeting the requirements of the EIS.

In December 2022, the company submitted a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) have confirmed that the federal process will run bilaterally with the Office of the Coordinator-General leading the process.

Metallica says a bilateral agreement between Commonwealth of Australia and Queensland allows the Coordinator-General to conduct a single environmental assessment process that also addresses Commonwealth matters of national environmental significance.

The Commonwealth of Australia will make a decision under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 after considering the Coordinator-General’s evaluation report for a project under the bilateral agreement.

Proponents of a project with one or more of the following characteristics may apply to have it declared a ‘coordinated project’ by the Coordinator-General – complex approval requirements, involving local, state and federal governments; significant environmental effects; strategic significance to the locality, region or state, including for the infrastructure, economic and social benefits, capital investment or employment opportunities it may provide; significant infrastructure requirements.

Metallica’s 100% owned Cape Flattery Silica Sand (CFS) Project is located in the Cape Flattery area, on the eastern coastline of Cape York Peninsula, 220km north of Cairns, and 55km from Cooktown.

Metallica is developing the CFS Project adjacent to the Cape Flattery Silica Sand mining and shipping operation owned by the Mitsubishi Corporation. Initial exploration drilling in late 2019 confirmed the presence of high purity silica sand within EPM 25734.

Metallica completed a Definitive Feasibility Study in July 2023.

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