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The mine site is located approximately 30 kilometres south of Burnie, near the village of Hampshire off Rogetta Road, which runs off of Upper Natone Road. The location of the lease boundary is shown on the map.
Currently there is one open cut pit planned that will produce approximately 1 million tonnes of iron ore per year with a projected mine life of seven years. Associated infrastructure will include a tailings storage dam, waste rock dump and a processing plant. The overall size will be a slightly larger operation than the current Kara Mine operating in the area.
The project is not yet approved for construction, however it is anticipated that if approval is granted, construction would commence in 2016, with a completion time of close to 12 months; the targeted commencement of operation would be late 2016 / early 2017.
The mine is subject to State planning and environmental legislation (including the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994) and Commonwealth legislation (including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). Approval is being sought in accordance with these legislations through the Tasmanian EPA and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment. A formal Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) will be submitted to the Tasmanian EPA, where a public comment period will apply.
It is envisaged that the project would provide a significant economic stimulus to the region. It is anticipated that jobs would be created both during the construction and operational phases. Forward Mining will have a preference to use local labour for the project.