We seek to manage and minimise our impact on the environment, wherever we operate.
As part of our work on the Aurukun Bauxite Project, we have been collaborating with the Traditional Owners to survey environmental and cultural values of the land and waters that might be affected by our activities.
Studying the land and waters
The study work is helping us build our knowledge of the land and waters in our project area.
We use this information to look for ways to minimise our impact on the environment and avoid any locations of significance to the community.
The project requires environmental approval from the Queensland and Federal Governments. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is currently being prepared as part of this approval process.
Key areas studied as part of preparing the EIS include:
- terrestrial ecology
- marine ecology and coastal processes
- surface water and aquatic ecology
- social and economic impact
- traffic and transportation.
This information will be submitted as part of the EIS to the Queensland Government and made publicly available for comment. It is anticipated the EIS will be ready for submission in late 2020 with publication in early 2021.
Comprehensive stakeholder consultation is taking place as part of the EIS preparation and review.
Stakeholders, including Traditional Owners, Aurukun community members, regional stakeholders and government agencies, have been consulted to scope issues. This has involved us providing information about the project and listening to issues, queries and concerns.
As part of the EIS preparation, we are ensuring Traditional Owners get a more detailed review of particular sections of importance to them. This will continue as we seek an informed agreement for development of the project.
An important feature of planning for the Aurukun Bauxite Project is developing a Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan as required under Queensland legislation.
This involves early discussions with Traditional Owners regarding their aspirations for post-mining land uses and developing plans that seek to achieve those outcomes.
We respect the unique relationship the Indigenous people have with their land and waters, and their sense of responsibility for its protection.
Through their close involvement and participation in our project, we hope to support their fulfilment of that responsibility, which has been passed through their families for thousands of years.