The approved proposal is to mine and process an average of 271,000 tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate per year. The concentrate is then trucked from the mine to Bunbury via Black Point Road, Stewart Road and the Vasse and Bussell Highways. The approved trucking regime is for a maximum 56 truck trips per week day. Weekend and public holiday transport requires prior approval of the Shire of Nannup, Cable Sands currently implement a trucking regime involving 44 truck trips (full plus empty) per week day within a 13 hour period on the day.
Inquiry under s46 regarding a request by Cable Sands to modify the approved project in two ways (requiring amendment of Ministerial Statement 103) by:
- increasing the heavy mineral concentrate production rate from 271 000 tonnes annually to a maximum of 410 000 tonnes annually; and
- inclusion of a non-substantial change clause in the environmental approval.