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Note: The period for submission of comments on the proposed Central Eyre Iron Project has now closed.

Iron Road has lodged formal applications for its Central Eyre Iron Project (CEIP) incorporating a magnetite iron ore mine south of Wudinna and associated infrastructure including a port facility at Cape Hardy.

The Mining Act 1971, the Development Act 1993 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) contain provisions requiring the relevant Ministers to invite written submissions from the public regarding the proposals. 

Public meetings 

Public meetings were held in three locations (Port Neill, Cleve and Wudinna) on the Eyre Peninsula early in the consultation period (8th, 9th and 10th December 2015).

The meetings took an 'open house' format and ran for approximately 5 hours at each location. The sessions included short presentations on the assessment process from Government and an overview of the project from Iron Road.

Members of the public had the opportunity to meet company representatives and ask questions they may have regarding a particular aspect and how it may possibly affect them.

Government officers responsible for managing the assessment process were available to members of the public.


Central Eyre Iron Project: Guideline for the application, public consultation and assessment processes (PDF 628KB)
Members of the public were invited to submit written comments on the mining lease proposal (MLP) and the environmental impact statement (EIS) between 19 November 2015 and 02 February 2016. Government received 105 public submissions.

The public consultation period for the Central Eyre Iron Project (CEIP) is now closed.

The MLP and EIS applications were also circulated to relevant government departments for review and comment on relevant technical matters within their specialised areas of expertise. A consolidated list of South Australian Government issues has been provided to Iron Road - see Attachment 2 and Attachment 3 below.  

Public submissions received in response to the consultation on the CEIP have been provided to Iron Road - see Attachment 4 below.

The government expects Iron Road to review each of the public submissions and the government submission in detail and then prepare a thorough response document accordingly. The response document will be published on this website once completed.  

The following documents are available for download:

Attachment 4: Public submissions by non-government stakeholders
The 105 public submissions have been compiled into 4 volumes for ease of downloading. To view a specific submission consult the Master Index file which will indicate in which volume and on which page a particular submission can be found. Open the relevant volume and use the indexing function or scroll to the page within that volume to locate the submission (the page number can be found bottom right of the document).

Amended versions of submissions may be published where the submission contains personal information about an individual or contains information that may identify a submitter when the submitter has requested private details to be withheld.

In relation to a small number of submissions, government gave those submitters an opportunity to review their respective submissions for the potential for offensive, threatening, defamatory or inappropriate content and permitted them to revise their submission content. Private information has also been withheld if requested by the submitter.

Response documents

At the conclusion of the public consultation the Government received submissions on a range of issues from the community and other stakeholders. These issues were forwarded to Iron Road for further consideration and the preparation of a Response Document. Additionally, comments were received from other SA Government agencies for Iron Road to provide further information.

Iron Road has now lodged two Response Documents to Government, one for the Mining Lease Proposal and one for the Environmental Impact Statement: 

There are no further opportunities for community or stakeholders to comment on Iron Road's CEIP proposal documents, including the Response Document, as a part of a statutory process. Statutory community consultation was undertaken from November 2015 until February 2016.

The Government has now commenced its assessment of the applications. During this phase, the Government is not able to comment or engage with stakeholders about the proposal or assessment.

The South Australian Government does encourage continued on-going engagement between community, interested parties, and other stakeholders with Iron Road. If you have any questions about the Response Document you should direct your query to Iron Road.

Correspondence received by the Government in relation to Iron Road's proposals will not be considered as a submission as the statutory public consultation process has ended.

Government will publish an assessment report following a decision on the applications. This report will provide information on issues and questions raised during the statutory consultation period.