EL6869 covers the Shires of Moyne, Southern Grampians and Ararat. Surface rights of the vast majority of the licence area are freehold. Westrock’s community engagement program consists of three phases: 1) Early engagement and information briefings, 2) individual consultation and negotiation to gain access, and 3) on-going relationship with stakeholders.
Westrock has commenced the Phase 1 program since the tenement was granted in April 2020. The company plans to hold several community information sessions in conjunction with Mineral Development Victoria (DJPR) that will allow stakeholders to be briefed and ask questions on the company’s exploration plans. Stakeholders will be informed of sessions details through mailout organised by MDV.
During Phase 2 of the company’s community engagement program, Westrock will approach individual landowners who are impacted by the company’s planned exploration activities to provide further information and negotiate land access agreements. Initial exploration will result in minimum disturbance to livestock and the environment, including activities such as sampling water bores, soil sampling and ground geophysics. The company anticipates very few landowners will be impacted by exploration activities such as drilling reverse circulation and diamond drill holes. A more comprehensive access agreement will be negotiated and a detailed Work Plan will need to be approved by the State Government.
Westrock’s community engagement program doesn’t stop after the completion of exploration activities on someone’s land. The company will provide facilities where landowners can provide feedback and raise issues.