Bird In Hand Gold Project Mining Lease Application

Project Summary

Terramin is a South Australian based mining company that is proposing to re-open a historic gold mine at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. This will be an underground mining operation.

The company is registered in Australia with its Registered Office in Adelaide, SA (Australian Business Number 67 062 576 238). Its shares are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2003 (ASX) (Symbol: TZN).

Terramin is the parent holding company controlling Terramin Exploration Pty Ltd which holds the Bird in Hand Gold Project and associated leases.

For the past six years Terramin has engaged with the community, with government and any interested parties to understand and respond to any possible concerns about our activities.

This results from our stated corporate commitment:
“Everything we do will be honest, open and will be reviewed by independent experts, government agencies and the community”.

Over these years Terramin has changed its proposed project considerably, to address issues raised by stakeholders. The project has a small footprint, is on Terramin-owned land and will be largely hidden from view.

The documents published here represent a large body of work and will be reviewed by multiple government agencies and the community.

We invite the public to view these documents.

To assist your understanding, the following points are a short summary of changes that have been made since the original proposal:

  • Designed the site with landscape architects to fit the project within the local landscape
  • Moved infrastructure to ensure only water dams and reforested bunds are visible
  • Operated activities such as drilling only in daylight hours and reduced surface activity
  • Developed a full hydrogeological model for the area and surveyed all accessible bores
  • Purchased 40 hectares of rural property and situated the property within a buffer zone
  • Planted 40,000+ trees and created nature corridors for local wildlife
  • Minimised traffic through transport selection to fit in with existing road use. Limited truck movements to 12 per day and selected roads to avoid built up areas

How will gold be mined at Bird in Hand?
The Bird in Hand Gold Mine will be developed utilising conventional drill and blast mining methods to make a tunnel to the ore. Excavated rock is taken to the surface with gold ore taken to Strathalbyn and rock without gold (mullock) is stored on the surface before being progressively returned to the mine to fill the excavated voids.

Community Respect, Health & Safety are priorities we have addressed:
We accept there must be no nuisance or health impact to local residents from dust, air emissions or light spill generated by construction mining or closure activities. (For example)

Terramin will undertake air quality monitoring at various locations around the site. In South Australia the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) monitors air quality. Terramin undertook an Air Quality Impact Assessment which modelled the project’s predicted particulate matter (PM) levels during construction and operation. The report also identified which mitigation strategies to use to ensure Terramin remains well below allowable air quality emissions.

The site will be controlled by a Dust Management and Monitoring Plan, which will be reviewed by the EPA, Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM).

Noise goals are set in accordance with the EPA’s Environment Protection (Noise) Policy 2007 (EPP) and are derived based on the land uses promoted by the Council’s Development Plan. Construction will have noise limits applied, unlike any other rural development in SA.
Operational Targets are proposed to be 47 dB(A) during the day and 40 dB(A) during the night, which is 10 dB(A) lower than EPA requirements.

Drilling & Blasting:
There must be no adverse impact on public amenity or third-party damage from blasting.

Water Management
There must be no adverse impact to the supply of water caused by the mining operators to existing users and water dependant ecosystems. Terramin commissioned a groundwater study in 2013 which began with a review of all current, historical and anecdotal information relating to the regional groundwater system. This was followed by a groundwater and bore census in co-operation with 37 local landowners.

Government Role explained
The granting of a Mining Lease by the Minister follows a defined process.
A Mining Lease application is developed which includes consultation with stakeholders.

The Minister reviews the project elements during the assessment to ensure:

  • there is a reasonable prospect that a mineral resource can be ‘effectively and efficiently mined’
  • all potential environmental impacts have been identified
  • the proposed level of impact (environmental outcome) is acceptable given the economic and social benefits
  • the proposed control strategies will achieve an acceptable level of impact
  • there is a control mechanism at all stages during the development of the Bird in Hand Gold Project, Terramin work to ensure regulatory requirements and expectations are met.

Mining Lease Application Chapters

Executive Summary
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Description of the Existing Environment
Chapter 3: Description of the Proposed Mining Operations
Chapter 4: Statutory Framework
Chapter 5: Stakeholder Consultation
Chapter 6: Assessment Methodology – Impact Assessment
Chapter 7: Public Safety
Chapter 8: Traffic
Chapter 9: Visual Amenity
Chapter 10: Groundwater
Chapter 11: Surface Water
Chapter 12: Soil and Land
Chapter 13: Existing Site Contamination
Chapter 14: Geohazards and Geochemistry
Chapter 15: Air Quality
Chapter 16: Noise
Chapter 17: Air-overpressure and Vibration
Chapter 18: Native Fauna and Pest Species
Chapter 19: Vegetation and Weeds
Chapter 20: Aboriginal Heritage / Native Title and non-Aboriginal Heritage
Chapter 21: Land Tenure
Chapter 22: Agricultural Impacts
Chapter 23: Social Environment
Chapter 24: Economic
Appendix A1: Ministerial Determination Checklist
Appendix A2: Contributing Authors
Appendix A3: Policies
Appendix B1: Proposed Site Design
Appendix B2: Basis of Design
Appendix B3: Power Study
Appendix B4: Conveyor Concept Report
Appendix B5: Additional Oversized Maps, Plans, Layouts
Appendix B6: Extent of Known Clay Alterations
Appendix B7: Exploration MP
Appendix B8: WAP table
Appendix C1: Community Engagement Plan
Appendix C2: WCCC Terms of Reference
Appendix C3: Community Posters
Appendix C4: All Q and A combined
Appendix C5: WCCC Issues Papers
Appendix C6: CSIRO Community Workshops
Appendix C7: CSIRO Community Perceptions Reports
Appendix C8: TZN_Community Awareness Survey
Appendix C9: Drop in Days Report
Appendix D1: Draft Outcomes, Measurement Criteria and Leading Indicators
Appendix E1: Impact Assesment
Appendix F1: Transport Assessment
Appendix G1: Strategic Visual Amenity Plan
Appendix H1: Groundwater Assessment
Appendix H2: Groundwater Assessment Peer Review 1
Appendix H3: Groundwater Assessment Peer Review 2
Appendix H4: Grouting Proposal: MultiGrout
Appendix H5: Grouting Peer Review
Appendix H6: Historic Government Groundwater Reports
Appendix H7: Draft Groundwater TARP
Appendix H8: MAR Stage 1 and 2 Report
Appendix H9: MAR Investigation Report
Appendix H10: MAR Investigation Peer Review
Appendix H11: Groundwater Baseline Data 2014-2018 update
Appendix I1: Inverbrackie Creek Macroinvertebrate and Water Quality Investigation
Appendix I2: Inverbrackie Creek EPA Reports
Appendix I3: Stormwater Management Plan
Appendix J1: Water Treatment Proposal and Addendum
Appendix J2: Water Treatment Peer Review
Appendix K1: Site Water Balance
Appendix K2: Mine Water Balance Peer Review
Appendix L1: Report on Geophysical Survey and Additional Site History Research
Appendix L2: Golder Site Contamination Assessment
Appendix L3: Golder Site Contamination Update
Appendix L4: Soil Contamination Management Plan
Appendix L5: Soil Erosion Assessment
Appendix M1: Geotechnical Assessment
Appendix M2: Acid and Metalliferous Drainage Assessment
Appendix N1: Baseline Air Quality Monitoring February 2017
Appendix N2: Baseline Air Quality Assessment 2018
Appendix N3: Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix N4: Ventilation Proposal
Appendix N5: Draft Air Quality TARP
Appendix O1: Pre-construction Noise Monitoring Report 2015
Appendix O2: Pre-construction Noise Monitoring Report 2016
Appendix O3: Noise Impact Assessment
Appendix O4: Updated Baseline Noise
Appendix O5: Noise Impact Assessment Memo on Leading Indicator Criteria
Appendix O6: Draft Noise TARP
Appendix P1: Blasting Impact Assessment
Appendix Q1: Flora and Fauna Survey Report
Appendix Q2: Stygofauna Desktop Study
Appendix Q3: Stygofauna Field Study
Appendix Q4: 2018 Stygofauna Study
Appendix R1: Bushland Condition Monitoring
Appendix R2: Landscape Function Analysis (Baseline)
Appendix R3: EPBC Referral Decision
Appendix R4: Native Vegetation Heritage Assessment Application
Appendix R5: Native Vegetation Heritage Assessment Groundwater Study
Appendix R6: Biodiversity Management Plan
Appendix R7: Protected Matters Search Report
Appendix S1: Heritage Assessment for BIHGP
Appendix S2: Cultural Heritage Assessment
Appendix T1: Exempt Land Maps
Appendix T2: Surveyed Mineral Claim
Appendix T3: Exempt Land Table
Appendix U1: Agricultural Impact Assessment
Appendix W1: Economic Impact Assessment with Scope
Appendix W2: Economic Impact Assessment Peer Review
Appendix W3: Scoping Study ASX Announcement
Appendix X1: Concept Landscape Closure Plan

Miscellaneous Purposes licence Application Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Description of the Existing Environment
Chapter 3: Description of the Proposed Mining Operations
Chapter 4: Statutory Framework
Chapter 5: Stakeholder Consultation
Chapter 6: Assessment Methodology – Impact Assessment
Chapter 7: Environmental Benefits
Chapter 8: Public Safety
Chapter 9: Traffic
Chapter 10: Visual Amenity
Chapter 11: Groundwater
Chapter 12: Surface Water
Chapter 13: Soil and Land Quality
Chapter 14: Geochemistry
Chapter 15: Geotechnical Hazards
Chapter 16: Air Quality
Chapter 17: Noise
Chapter 18: Native Fauna and Pest Species
Chapter 19: Vegetation and Weeds
Chapter 20: Aboriginal Heritage / Native Title and non-Aboriginal Heritage
Chapter 21: Economic Impact
Chapter 22: Land Tenure
Appendix A1: DEM APF MPL validity check against MD006
Appendix A2: Contributing Authors
Appendix A3: Policies
Appendix B1: AZM Waste Management Plan 2018
Appendix B2: EPA Licence 34942
Appendix B3: Conveyor Sections
Appendix B4: AZM Buried Services Layout
Appendix C1: Community Engagement Plan
Appendix C2: SCCC Terms of Reference 2015
Appendix C3: Community Information Posters
Appendix C4: Community Technical Workshop for the Proposed Angas Processing Facility
Appendix D1: Draft Outcomes, Outcome Measurable Criteria, and Leading Indicator Criteria
Appendix E1: Impact Assessment
Appendix F1: Transport Assessment
Appendix G1: Existing and Proposed view of the AZM TSF
Appendix G2: Lighting Survey
Appendix H1: TSF Groundwater Quality Data Summary
Appendix H2: Groundwater Modelling for AZM Closure 2013
Appendix H3: Groundwater Model Recalibration for the AZM MCP 2015
Appendix H4: AZM Closure Phase Groundwater Investigation 2015
Appendix H5: Groundwater Monitoring Response Plan for Mine Void
Appendix H6: Groundwater Summary Report for AZM MCP 2016
Appendix H7: Groundwater Modelling and Discharge Predictions 2011
Appendix H8: Groundwater Modelling and Assessment of Impacts of Proposed Injection of Mine Drainage Water 2012
Appendix H9: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Workshop Outcome Table
Appendix H10: Lagoon Leakage Assessment 2006
Appendix H11: Summary of Pumping Trials and Dewatering Analysis 2006
Appendix H12: Groundwater Study and Mine Site Water Balance 2007
Appendix H13: Groundwater Geochemistry Modelling Update 2015
Appendix H14: Well Details, Lithology and Cross Sections
Appendix I1: Soils Erodibility Assessment
Appendix I2: Preliminary Tailings and Water Management Study
Appendix I3: TSF Operations and Maintenance Manual Version 2
Appendix K1: APF Site Water Management
Appendix L1: Soil Contamination Baseline Study Report
Appendix L2: Exploration Drill Hole Rehabiliation Status
Appendix L3: Soil Contamination Test Work
Appendix L4: Erosion on the site Post Closure (Letter)
Appendix L5: Sub-soil Analysis
Appendix M1: TSF Wall Geotechnical Investigation
Appendix M2: Preliminary ARD Assessment of Strathalbyn Zinc Project 2006
Appendix M3: Tailings X-Ray Diffraction and Analysis 2012
Appendix M4: Geochemical and Numerical Groundwater Assessment
Appendix M5: ARD Management Review of Mine Materials 2009
Appendix M6: TSF Laboratory Testing of Tailings
Appendix M7: Tailings Geochemical Assessment for BiH Project
Appendix M8: Characterisation of Tailings of TSF Soil: Update 2005
Appendix M9: Stability of TSF Embankment 2008
Appendix M10: PIRSA Guidelines for the Management of AMD at AZM
Appendix M11: TSF Seismicity Assessment 2006
Appendix M12: TSF Annual Surveillance Report 2018
Appendix M13: Geotechnical Investigation for AZM Processing Plant 2005
Appendix M14: Phreatic Seepage Report
Appendix N1: Map of Clean and Dirty Zone
Appendix N2: Dust Deposition Limit Determination
Appendix N3: BiH Ore Processing Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix N4: Dust Baseline Study 2006
Appendix N5: Odour Investigation
Appendix O1: Angas Processing Facility Acoustic Report
Appendix O2: Angas Zinc Mine Environmental Noise Assessment
Appendix P1: Baseline Fauna Assessments 2005 and 2006
Appendix P2: EPBC Act Referral Decision
Appendix P3: Land Function Analysis 2017
Appendix Q1: Baseline Flora Assessment 2005
Appendix Q2: Operational Revegetation Plan
Appendix Q3: Eastern Paddock Significant Environmental Benefit Revegetation Plan
Appendix Q4: Strathalbyn Mining Lease Flora Assessment 2011
Appendix Q5: Operational and Rehabilitation Phase Environmental Monitoring Plan
Appendix Q6: Weed and Pest Management Plan 2010
Appendix Q7: Weed And Pest Plan – Post Rehabilitation Earthworks
Appendix R1: Economic Impact Assessment with Scope
Appendix R2: Economic Impact Assessment Peer Review
Appendix S1: Mining Lease Conditions Relevant to Closure and Post Closure
Appendix S2: Sub-soil Analysis
Appendix S3: Topsoil Analysis (2011-14)
Appendix S4: Adelaide Hills Recycling (AHR) Agreement
Appendix S5: Final Closure Landform Design Drawings
Appendix S6: TSF Cap Final Report
Appendix S7: Mine Tailing: Phytocap Vadose Modelling Memo
Appendix S8: Tailings Storage Facility Vegetation Capping Trials
Appendix S9: Tailings Storage Facility Cap Options
Appendix S10: TSF Post Construction Monitoring Plan for TSF Cap System
Appendix S11: Groundwater Monitoring and Response Plan
Appendix S12: Geochemical and Numerical Groundwater Assessment for the AZM MCP
Appendix S13: Landscape Function Analysis Transect Locations for Closure
Appendix S14: Land Management Agreement Draft
Appendix S15: Landfill Environmental Management Plan
Appendix S16: Landfill Trial Cap Presentation
Appendix T1: Notes on Indigenous Heritage of the Mt Lofty Ranges 2015
Appendix T2: DSDAAR Heritage Site Search Results 2018
Appendix U1: Easements on the MPL
Appendix V1: Gold Recovery Assessment of Bird in Hand 2017
Appendix V2: Bird in Hand Processing Review Letter 2017
Appendix V3: Tailings Storage Facility Design
Appendix V4: Carbon Sequestration Calculations
Appendix W1: Exempt Land Maps