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Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd, Paste Backfill Plant, Renison Bell Mine, Renison Bell


Public Comment Invited until 29 May 2021


The Proposal
Public Exhibition of Documentation
Public Representations
Environmental Impact Statement
For Further Information


The Proposal

Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd has proposed to construct a paste backfill plant at the existing Renison Bell mine. The proposed paste backfill plant will redirect tailings from the existing tin process plant for processing into filter cake. The filter cake will then be stored and combined with cement in a batch process prior to being placed underground to stabilize mined out areas of the underground operations. 

The proponent has lodged a Permit Application with a supporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to West Coast Council.

The application was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).


Public Exhibition of Documentation

A copy of the permit application and all plans and other documentation submitted with the permit application (including the EIS) are available for public inspection and may be examined during normal business hours at:

West Coast Council Offices,
11 Stitch Street
QUEENSTOWN  TAS  7467

Copies of the EIS may be obtained from Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd on (03) 6473 1816.


Public Representations

In accordance with s.57(5) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA), any person may make a representation relating to the permit application (including the EIS) from Saturday 1 May 2021 to Saturday 29 May 2021 in writing to:

The General Manager
West Coast Council Council
11 STITCH STREET
QUEENSTOWN  TAS  7467

Please note that your correspondence may be publicly disclosed unless there is legitimate commercial, national security or environmental reason for confidentiality. If you would like your correspondence to remain confidential, please make a statement to that effect and indicate the basis for the request.


Environmental Impact Statement

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

The EIS was prepared by the proponent on the basis of the Project Specific Guidelines for preparation of a EIS which were provided by the Board.

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd - Paste Backfill Plant - Environmental Impact Statement   (6Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd - Paste Backfill Plant - ANNEXURE A - Air Quality Assessment (Air Environment)   (825Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd - Paste Backfill Plant - ANNEXURE B - PBP Noise Assessment (Noise Vibration Consultants)   (1Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd - Paste Backfill Plant - ANNEXURE C - PBP Greenhouse Gas and Energy Assessment (Umwelt)   (687Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd - Paste Backfill Plant - ANNEXURE D - PBP Bushfire Report (Natural Values Consulting)   (2Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd - Paste Backfill Plant - ANNEXURE E - Traffic Impact Assessment (Midson Traffic)   (3Mb)​​




Assessments Section
GPO Box 1550
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.