Managing Impacts in our Communities
Through our subsidiaries, Moreton Resources will operate in close proximity to several townships should its projects be viable and approved through the legislative processes. Therefore, we are committed to working closely with local residents and landholders to minimise and manage potential impacts on the community. We often talk about economic benefits and sustainable communities, but equally we need to focus on the impacts that do occur, and acknowledge that not all within a community are supportive of such development. We welcome all views as they assist us in our considerations when advancing projects.
The proposed sites would be within established mining regions and the footprint of the sites, be it the proposed underground advancement of MacKenzie EPC 1445 or the open cut Kingaroy MDL385, would be smaller than existing or other proposed operations within several kilometres of our project.
For our Kingaroy project, this is a significant advantage as mining continues to attempt to find that balance of co-existence between landholders, communities and mining, but also in areas of Strategic Cropping. It is important that the overall footprint or size of the MDL and its operations are considered against proposed alternate mining activities and projects.
From a Kingaroy and Nanango perspective, the Kingaroy project and it’s direct mining operations will be shielded from visual line of sight due to the natural terrain of the region. Meanwhile, our Mackenzie operations are proposed to be primarily underground and within a well-established and supportive mining community.
Community feedback is important
Through direct staff and contractors, the Company spends a lot of time in the regional communities in which it seeks to operate, not only advancing the technical merits of each project, but also engaging and discussing the Company’s intentions and the benefits of each proposal with local community members.
On that basis and via our website communication tool, we do receive and respond to community feedback on a regular basis. This has led to our Executive Chairman & CEO giving multiple briefings and answering a raft of emails to ensure that all stakeholders and community members are well informed of the correct information. We seek always to operate in a transparent and open manner, be it with Community, Government or our Shareholders.
Some matters that have been raised in regard to our potential Kingaroy project are:
- How do you try to significantly reduce surface area disturbed and minimise noise and dust?
- Will you commit to local jobs and local services?
- Will there be light issues or impacts upon the town?
- Why is this project better than any other that has been proposed?
What we will do to manage noise and dust?
With any mining operations, dust control measures are in place and are monitored not only by the company itself, but also by the relevant Environmental Department at a State Government level.
Our potential impacts would be assessed throughout the planning stages, and as such we would put in the appropriate measures to minimise the impacts to an acceptable level.
Through our subsidiaries, Moreton Resources will continue to implement an air quality monitoring program to proactively manage operations at any proposed mine. The results of these tests would not only be reported, but form a part of our community engagement programs and information seminars to keep our communities up to date and informed.
What we will do to manage blasting vibration?
Should such an operation commence, our commitment is to plan and/or coordinate activities within the mining operations in such a way as to consider the landholders, the community who are within close proximity and others, when determining the appropriate times to blast. From a township perspective it is not anticipated that any such issues would be apparent either in Nanango or Kingaroy.
These activities are planned in advance and are not regular daily occurrences.
In regard to other ancillary noise, our intent would be to house any infrastructure on the southern side of the lease either within the MDL or further south, depending upon our ability to negotiate such access.
Also a Construction Noise Management Plan would be prepared to manage noise associated with construction and ramp-up of any pits and associated infrastructure.
Will you commit to local employment and utilisation of local business and suppliers?
Moreton Resources through our subsidiaries is committed to local jobs, local prosperity and local opportunities, and as such, we will always seek to purchase, employ and grow locally.
What we will do to manage light impacts?
Light impacts at this conceptual stage are hard to anticipate; however, given the proximity of the site to rural farms, and other areas it is likely there could be some level of ambient glow from the site. This would be monitored and designed to ensure minimal impact upon any community be it, rural or within a township.
How would a mine look in this area?
This would be developed in more detail as a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and as additional information is collated through the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) and Balance Feasibility Study (BFS) stages. However, specific efforts can be managed to cater for the visual impacts.
A key consideration would be the issues of footprint (proposed planning and size of the MDL development area) as opposed to other proposals or alternatives. In this effect we believe the MDL area and footprint by nature, will result in a more confined and reduced impact upon areas such as strategic cropping considerations and farming and agricultural industries.
The proposed mining area within MDL 385 has a natural ridge that separates any potential mining area from that of the Kingaroy or Nanango communities. Therefore it is expected that these communities will not be affected visually as they will not have a direct line of sight to the mining operations.
Through our subsidiaries, Moreton Resources will have extensive engagement with local landholders and town-based residents, amongst others, in order to reinforce the Company’s focus on the co-existence of mining with farming and residential communities. Our social licence to operate is not taken lightly and we will seek to advance our activities in the interests of all.
Any advancement of formal applications to the Government will be run in parallel with very transparent and open community awareness.
This will include the formation of a Community Consultative Committee.