The Julimar Nickel-Copper-PGE Project, Western Australia
Chalice Mining aims to uphold the highest corporate, social and environmental standards and recognises the importance of building respectful and inclusive relationships with our Western Australian stakeholders, communities and governing organisations.
Chalice is committed to open communication with the community in which it operates. The Company aims to actively manage the impact of our activities through the continued consideration and response to the interests and concerns of the local community where the Julimar Project is located.
Key Project Details
The Julimar Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Element (PGE) Project is located in the Avon Region of the Wheatbelt, ~70km north-east of Perth. The Project comprises a mix of granted exploration licences over privately-held farmland and the Julimar State Forest (JSF), within the Shire of Toodyay (see Figure 1).
The following figure (Figure 2) shows a typical timeline for a mining project with several stages of progression. A project only progresses to the next stage if the previous stage is successful. Although some projects advance more quickly than shown, it is rare for a project to get from discovery to a decision to mine in less than 5 years especially if it is located in a new region.
Chalice is currently in the ‘Discovery’ stage outlined below, where the key goal is to determine if the Julimar Project hosts an economic deposit of minerals.
It is important to note that there are a number of future stages to complete before mining may commence at Julimar, and Chalice anticipates this would take several years.
For a comprehensive project overview and Chalice’s commitments to the local community, please read our “Community Fact Sheet”.
Chalice takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and is committed to achieving excellence in environmental management through understanding the sensitivities of working within the Avon region.
The majority of activity to date has taken place on private farmland, for which Chalice has acquired the necessary government approvals. Our exploration licences and permits contain stringent conditions to protect the environment.
There are strict regulations governing all exploration and mining activity in Western Australia, and additional rules and regulations on activities within State Forest designated areas. Given this, Chalice has drafted, submitted and received approval for a project specific Conservation Management Plan (CMP). The CMP details Chalice’s exploration approach, the identified conservation values of the area and the mitigations and controls which Chalice will adopt to minimise impact.
All activities within the JSF will be strictly governed by the CMP, which has been approved by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), as well as the Minister for Environment and the Minister for Mines.
The approval allows Chalice to conduct low impact, non-ground disturbing exploration activities only, on granted exploration licences located within the JSF. This work will be undertaken concurrently with exploration activities on private farmland.
The approved exploration activities within the JSF will require no clearing or ground disturbance and hence will have negligible impact on vegetation and fauna.
For more information on our Environmental framework please refer to our “Chalice Environmental Fact Sheet”.
Chalice is now exploring for nickel, copper, cobalt and PGE’s, with the majority of activities to date taking place on private farmland within granted exploration licences.
Current activities on private farmland include exploration drilling (using both reverse circulation and diamond core rigs) and non-ground disturbing exploration (e.g. soil sampling, ground-based geophysics and airborne geophysics).
Chalice has also recently commenced low impact, non-ground disturbing exploration in the JSF area, including soil sampling and ground based geophysical surveys.
For more information on exploration activities, please read our “Drilling Activity Fact Sheet”.
Before accessing, exploring or drilling on land, all companies must apply for and have granted a mineral exploration licence over the area. The Mining Act, administered by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) governs the licence conditions and relevant processes. In the case of private land, an access agreement with the landowner is also required prior to a company conducting any exploration activities.
Chalice must also receive the necessary permits from DMIRS prior to conducting exploration activities within its granted exploration licences. These permits contain detailed conditions to minimise disturbance and environmental impacts.
Please note that an exploration licence does not allow the holder to conduct any mining activities. A mining licence must be granted for this to occur, a process which can take many years to approve.
If your property falls within the area of an exploration licence, it does not automatically follow that access to your land will be requested. Chalice will contact only those landowners whose land falls within targeted exploration areas, with the vast majority of areas within these exploration licences not affected.
For more information on exploration licences and how this affects landowners, please refer to the "Chalice Exploration Licence Fact Sheet".
All community feedback will be carefully considered when deciding how to proceed with exploration programs and all reasonable measures will be made to ensure a satisfactory solution is achieved for all parties.
Please refer to our "Community Feedback Information Sheet" for further information.
Please contact Chalice direct for further details or information requests:
Chalice Mining Limited
Level 2, 1292 Hay Street
Western Australia 6005
GPO Box 2890 Perth
Western Australia 6001
T (+618) 9322 3960
F (+618) 9322 5800
Julimar Project Community Newsletters
Issue No.1 - Julimar Community Newsletter - November 2020
Issue No.2 - Julimar Community Newsletter - February 2021
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