MINING company Australian Zircon will release some results of its environmental impact studies on Wednesdayfor its proposed mineral sands mine at Drung.
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The mining company will host two information sessions on its plan to develop a 12,850-hectare deposit 20 kilometres south east of Horsham.

Australian Zircon has proposed that the mine operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and recover ilmenite, zircon, monazite, rutile and leucoxene minerals .

The mine would employ up to 250 staff while in operation.

Project manager Andrew Reeves said the company had completed a range of studies on the proposed mine’s impact, including water, radiation, noise, air quality and rehabilitation effects.

“The reason we have called the meeting is because we are getting towards the tail end of our environmental studies,” he said.

“We have some of the results and we are looking at sharing the results and giving some feedback to our many stakeholders in the area.

“Basically, from our perspective, we believe that there is really no impediment to the project proceeding but that is a decision that is made by the Planning Minister.”

Horsham mayor David Grimble said the mine would be a positive project for the Wimmera.

“When you have the potential to create up to 250 jobs and the flow-on economic benefit, it has enormous potential for the Wimmera,” he said.

“It is north of the Grampians National Park, which is a major tourist area so some tourism operators are concerned about that.

“But my understanding is that this will be a staged project so we are not going to see broad-scale open cut mining.”

Mr Reeves said Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy had to approve the project before it could go ahead.

The sessions are at Horsham RSL from 2pm to 4pm and at Taylors Lake Football Club from 6pm to 8pm.

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