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Pumped up miner to meet AHMAG

IN EARLY December 2020 Chalice Gold Mines Ltd changed its name to Chalice Minerals Ltd to reflect the discovery in the Julimar area of nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group elements and gold.

By its own projected timeline, from discovery to ultimately mining the rare minerals, Chalice is not just on track but well ahead in terms of gaining State government approval for on-ground exploration in the Julimar State Forest.

Chalice reported to the ASX in early January that the Minister for Environment approved “initial non-ground-disturbing activities” in the forest which the company says will be governed under “the approved Stage 1 Conservation Management Plan (CPM)”.

AHMAG could not source this document and wrote to Chalice requesting a copy the day after the announcement was made.

“We welcome Chalice Mining’s assurance to consult closely with interested community groups and look forward to receiving the document,” AHMAG said.

Chalice responded and extended an invitation to AHMAG to meet company representatives at their West Perth office.

“Our intention is to establish an open line of communication with your group to ensure awareness of our activities and plans,” Chalice Communications Manager Amelia Walker said.

“Whilst it is not standard practice and not intended as a publicly available document, we can also provide a copy of the Stage 1 Management Plan at the meeting as requested,” Ms Walker said.

AHMAG members will meet with Chalice mid-month and the outcome of the meeting will be reported in the March edition of The Herald.

Gravel pit update

LAST October, Mundaring Shire Council rejected Swan Gravel/Trico Resources application to increase gravel extraction at 3650 Toodyay Road Bailup from 47,000 to 950,000 tonnes a year, and as expected the company has approached the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to overturn the decision.

At the council meeting on January 28 Toodyay Shire Council voted unanimously to write to SAT requesting that the shire be heard and to request making a submission “in respect of the proposed intensification” of the project.

“This is requested on the basis that Shire of Toodyay constituents in the Morangup locality may potentially be adversely affected by the proposal on the natural environment, available water resources and the potential traffic impact on Toodyay Road...,” the shire said.

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