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Emma Vogel to manage Wimmera mineral-sands mine

By DEAN LAWSON
A plan to develop a multi-million-dollar mineral-sands mine at St Helens Plains near Horsham remains on the table with new owners appointing Adelaide mining company Murray Zircon to manage the project.
The appointment follows the sale of Australian Zircon’s 80 percent interest in the WIM150 Mineral Sands Project to Hong Kong investment company Million Up Ltd earlier this year.
Murray Zircon, which owns and operates Mindarie Mineral Sands project in South Australia’s Mallee, will now review the WIM150 proposal with the aim of ultimately tapping into the area’s significant deposit of minerals.
The WIM150 site, in the Boga Lakes area, has one of the largest known deposits of mineral sands in the world.
It also differs from conventional mineral-sands deposits in both grain size and chemical composition.
The review will include economic, technical and environmental work undertaken at the site, as well as feedback and input from regulators and the community.
Given the potential for project changes, Murray Zircon has placed development of an Environmental Effects Statement at the site on hold until further notice.
Murray Zircon chief executive Patrick Mutz said Murray Zircon and project owners were optimistic about the potential of the ‘world-class’ WIM150 project. “Murray Zircon has a proven track record of working with local communities to develop and sustainably operate mineral-sands mines in the Murray Basin,” he said.
“We look forward to contributing to the economic growth of the region and working with the community of Horsham and surrounds to ensure the best possible outcome for all stakeholders.”
Long-term view
Murray Zircon has also appointed Wimmera-based Emma Vogel as project director and opened an office at Wimmera Business Centre in Horsham.
Ms Vogel said the strategic review was about reassessing a variety of circumstances, taking a long-term view and establishing project objectives.
“It’s not about going back to square one. The technical data doesn’t change.
“It will be about considering aspects such as the market, product demand and development, plant location, logistics and infrastructure and the flow-on effects on all aspects of the project.
“We have had extensive community consultation and have a handle on mitigating factors. The company will continue to liaise closely with all stakeholders through the review process.
“However it evolves, there will be an ongoing stakeholder-engagement process.”
Mineral sands contain valuable titanium, zircon and rare-earth oxides used in a variety of everyday applications.
Principal uses of Zircon include ceramics, food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Titanium uses include paint, aerospace applications, medical supplies and welding rods.
Rare-earths oxides are used in modern-day applications including electronics, telecommunications and solar panels.
Predictions are that a mineral-sands mine at the WIM150 site might have a life spanning decades and create hundreds of long-term jobs.
Further information about Murray Zircon is available on website www.murrayzircon.com.au.

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