Project Updates

Project Update April 2023

  Monday 10th April, 2023

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Gippsland Critical Minerals will bring hundreds of long-term jobs, new investment to East Gippsland and supply the nation and the world with essential resources that will underpin our efforts to flight climate change.

With an increased need for renewable energy comes the need for more critical minerals. These minerals are a critical factor in the speed of our progress towards a sustainable future.

To show your support of our Fingerboards Critical Minerals project, become a Gippsland Critical Minerals supporter today.

Community Grants Program First Round

The first round of our community grants program closed 31 March and the successful applicants are:

  • East Gippsland Performing Arts Eisteddfod – running an event in Bairnsdale over 4 days in May 2023
  • East Gippsland Timber Milling Project - training two young people through TAFE to then provide free milling of fallen timber from fire impacted areas in Gippsland.
  • Cowwarr Football Netball Club – Portable netball stand net to train younger players for local netball events.
  • Bairnsdale Boxing Club – Reigniting the local boxing club to run an event in Bairnsdale for local boxers. Percentage of funds raised on the night goes to the “Make a Wish Foundation”
  • Sale Food Support Inc – Providing vulnerable people with groceries and perishable food items.

Round 2 opens 24 April 2023.

Gippsland Critical Minerals is an active and supportive member of our local communities in East Gippsland

Our Community Grants Program aims to support community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities and provide long lasting benefits to the wider community.

Grant funding is available for projects within the Educational, Recreational, Environmental and Social aspects of the community in which we operate.

Application for our grants program can be made via our website

Ministers agree to support critical minerals

On 24 March 2023 Federal, state and territory resources and mining ministers agreed to co-ordinate efforts to support the development of Australia’s critical minerals sector.

Resources and Northern Australia Minister Madeleine King said the development of the critical minerals sector was a national mission which was essential if Australia was to help the world lower emissions and achieve net zero commitments.

Ministers agreed that the development of Australia critical minerals sector is a national priority which will lead to new economic opportunities, particularly for regional Australia.

Ministers agree to support critical minerals | Ministers for the Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM)

Gippsland Critical Minerals is a member of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) Victorian Division. As an MCA member company, we are preparing to adopt the TSM ESG accountability framework, which covers sustainability management performance at the site-level.

Adopting the independently verified system reinforces our commitment to continual improvement in safety, environmental and social governance (ESG).

TSM strengthens Enduring Value – the Australian minerals industry’s sustainable development framework – by providing a consistent approach to assess and communicate site level performance in a transparent and accountable way.

Understanding and communicating this performance consistently and transparently benefits local communities, government, investors, companies and customers, enhance trust and confidence in the industry’s management performance.

What is TSM?

TSM provides protocols and indicators to help companies responsibly manage ESG performance and drive continual improvement. The framework’s guiding principles and protocols cover two core areas:

  • Communities and People: Indigenous and Community relationships, Safety and Health, Crisis Management and Communication Planning, Preventing Child, and Forced Labour
  • Environmental Stewardship: Biodiversity Conservation Management, Tailings Management, Water Stewardship, Climate Change

A consistent set of scoring indicators allows companies to benchmark performance against good practice and inform measurable and meaningful improvements over time.

Greater community confidence through accountability

TSM will help local communities to know more about mining at a site level where mining occurs and independently verified on a regular basis
Transparency: Site performance is publicly reported against standardised protocols and indicators to enable measurable and meaningful results

Credibility: TSM is overseen by a national Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Panel, an independent multi-stakeholder group

We’ll supply the critical minerals that allow modern technology to function

Environmental rehabilitation factsheet

The Minerals Council of Australia Victoria branch has released a factsheet on environmental rehabilitation highlighting Victorian mining’s commitment to sustainable development.

The factsheet outlines the legislative requirements on rehabilitation and closure plans, the ESG frameworks MCA members commit to, and provides clear examples of rehabilitation in Victoria.

For further information about the Fingerboards Project:

Free call: 1800 791 396