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Proto Resources and Investments Ltd Barnes Hill Project Beaconsfield


Public Comment is now closed


The Proposal
Notice of Intent and DPEMP Guidelines
For Further Information


The Proposal

Proto Resources and Investments Ltd (Proto) has proposed to construct and operate a nickel laterite mine and processing facility four kilometres west of Beaconsfield, Tasmania. Details of the proposal are available in the Notice of Intent (NOI) submitted by Proto (see below).

The proposal is to be subject to an environmental impact assessment by the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) in accordance with the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

The proponent has referred the proposal to the Australian Government for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Australian Government has determined that the proposal is a controlled action on the grounds that it is likely to have a significant impact on the following matters protected by the EPBC Act:

  • Listed threatened species and communities, section 18 and 18A

As such, it requires assessment and approval by the Commonwealth Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts before it can proceed.

The proponent proposes to lodge a Development Application with a supporting Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) to West Tamar Council (Council).

The purpose of the DPEMP is to provide a source of information upon which interested individuals, groups, government agencies and the Board may consider the environmental and planning impacts of the proposal.

Draft DPEMP guidelines which identified the key issues that must be addressed in the DPEMP, were advertised for public and agency comment from 11 December 2009 till 15 January 2010. Submissions were received from the public and agencies. The guidelines have been finalised and provided to the proponent (see below).


Notice of Intent and DPEMP Guidelines

Proto Resources NOI

Proto Resources Final DPEMP Guidelines

Assessments Section
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email:EnvironmentEnquiries@environment.tas.gov.au