Beharra Silica Sand Project

Closed 30 Apr 2023

Opened 24 Apr 2023


Perpetual Resources Limited propose to develop a silica sand mine in the Geraldton Sandplain bioregion of Western Australia, approximately 300 km north of Perth.  

The proposal would include a total disturbance of 590 hectares of native vegetation and will involve sequential mining of sand above the water table. 100 ha will be cleared within the first two years followed by annual clearing of 20 ha cells and progressive rehabilitation of mined cells. 

Vegetation and topsoil will be stockpiled for use in progressive rehabilitation. The life of the proposal is estimated to be 33 years.

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


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