Environment Effects Statement

VHM Limited is planning to develop the Goschen Rare Earths and Mineral Sands Project in the Loddon-Mallee region of Victoria.  Situated approximately 275 kilometres North West of Melbourne and 35 kilometres South of Swan Hill, the project will involve the mining and processing of rare earth minerals and heavy mineral sands over a 20-25 year mine life.  Mine products are proposed to be transported via road and rail for export overseas.

The Public Exhibition for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Goschen Rare Earths and Mineral Sands Project closed on 17 January 2024 at 11.59 pm. The EES was displayed for 40 business days starting on 20 November 2023.

The next stage in the EES process is the independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) hearing. This involves a Directions Hearing and a Public Hearing, and is managed by the appointed IAC:

  • A Directions Hearing will be held on Tuesday, 13 February 2024. At the Directions Hearing the IAC will confirm dates and venue for the Public Hearing and make directions about the conduct of the Public Hearing.
  • The Public Hearing is expected to begin the week commencing Monday, 25 March 2024. At this hearing, VHM will make submissions and call evidence in support of the EES and in response to matters raised in the EES submissions and respond to any questions or requests for information from the IAC. Submitters who indicated they want to be heard will have an opportunity to present to the IAC and call their own expert evidence (if they choose) in support of their submission. The IAC, VHM and submitters who indicated they want to be heard at the hearing may question any expert witnesses called to give evidence at the Public Hearing.

Information on the hearing process and timetable will be published via the Victorian Government’s Engage Victoria website https://engage.vic.gov.au/Goschen-IAC

I.   Draft Work Plan. Download PDF

I.   Draft Work Plan – Community Engagement Plan. Download PDF

II.  Development Licence. Download PDF

III. Planning Scheme Amendment. Download PDF

IV. Economic Assessment. Download PDF

A.  Flora vegetation. Download PDF

A1.  Flora addendum. Download PDF

B.  Fauna ecology. Download PDF

C.  Cultural heritage. Download PDF

D.  Landscape and visual. Download PDF

E.  Traffic and transport. Download PDF

F.  Noise. Download PDF

G. Air quality. Download PDF

G1. Air quality addendum. Download PDF

H1. Surface water. Download PDF

H2. Mine site surface water. Download PDF

I.  Groundwater. Download PDF

J.  Geotechnical. Download PDF

K.  Land use planning. Download PDF

L.  Agriculture. Download PDF

M.  Soils and land resource. Download PDF

N.  Radiation. Download PDF

O.  Social impacts. Download PDF

P.  Rehabilitation and closure. Download PDF

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Community input is an important part of the EES process and continued development of the Goschen Project.

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