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Notice of Application for a Retention Licence


Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 – Section 15(5)

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 – Regulation 22(1) and Schedule 1


1.    Name and address of applicant(s):

       Basin Minerals Holdings Pty Ltd

       GPO Box U1988

       Perth WA 6845


2.    Contact details of applicant for map and other information requests:

       David Sleigh, Manager Geological Services. Telephone: (08) 9360... ;

       Email:  david.sleigh@iluka.com


3.    Applicant’s website



4.    Details of the application:

       Application Number: RL007095

       Locality: Approximately 5km east of the town of Woomelang and 20km south-west of  the town of Sea Lake in              north-western Victoria.

       Area of application: 1,982.5 ha

       Date of the application: 20 April 2021

       Term: 10 years


5.    Outline of the proposed work:

RL007095 hosts a heavy mineral sands resource. Staged work over the course of the proposed 10 year term includes a range of activities designed to enable prefeasibility and definitive feasibility  studies to be completed. These may involve, but are not limited to:

  • designing and enacting a community engagement plan;
  • geological drilling and sampling for purposes of mineral analysis and more detailed resource modelling and resource estimation;
  • geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations;
  • License to Operate activities including the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) outlining the potential environmental impacts of the project. The EES requires a number of studies including, but not limited to, biodiversity and habitat, water catchment and hydrology, visual and environmental amenity, social impact and cultural heritage surveys;
  • feasibility studies, including mining and process optimisation and engineering design; and
  • economic viability assessment.


Appropriate approvals for field work will be sought from Earth Resources Regulation prior to work commencing and will include detailed rehabilitation plans, monitoring and auditing.


Throughout the project planning process, the company will consult with relevant land holders and the broader community and provide information on planned field activities and allow opportunities for feedback to be considered in the planning and implementation process.


6.  Objections:

Any person may object or comment to a licence being granted. (Section 24 and 24A, Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990).

A person who objects or comments must:

  1. Put the objection or comments in writing; and
  2. Include the grounds on which it is made.

All objections or comments must be lodged within 21 days after the latest date on which the application was advertised and can be lodged online or posted to:

The Minister for Resources
c/- Manager Licensing
Earth Resources Regulation
GPO Box 4509

Melbourne Victoria 3001

It is recommended that objections or comments are lodged online at https://rram.force.com/ObjectionSubmission to ensure timely consideration.

Enquiries can be made by writing to the Manager Licensing at the above address or by phoning the Earth Resources Information Centre on 1300 366... .


7.  Other Information:

  1. Subject to other requirements being satisfied, a retention licence, if granted, entitles the holder of the licence to retain rights to a mineral resource, and explore and carry out other work to establish the economic viability of mining, but does not entitle the holder to undertake mining.
  2.   Further information regarding the statutory requirements that must be complied with prior to work being undertaken on a licence, including landowner and occupier consent requirements, is available at https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/community-and-land-use

Melbourne 3000