Lincoln Minerals announced that the Commonwealth Government has ruled favourably on the proposed development of its wholly owned Kookaburra Gully graphite project located on Eyre Peninsula in SA.
“The Department of Environment has ruled that under sections 75 and 77A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) Lincoln’s proposal to develop, operate and decommission its open-cut Kookaburra Gully graphite mine, 35 kilometres north of Port Lincoln, is not a controlled action if undertaken in a particular manner (EPBC 2015/7470),” the company said in a statement to the ASX.
Lincoln Managing Director, Dr John Parker, said the ruling meant that the proposed mine does not need further Federal assessment under the EPBC Act before it can proceed.
“This is an important and positive decision for Lincoln and paves the way for final assessment of our mining lease proposal (MLP) submitted to the SA Department of State Development (DSD) in February last year,” Mr Parker said.
“The MLP was released for public comment in September 2015 and, based on the submissions received by DSD from the general public and other Government departments, a Response Document was prepared by Lincoln and lodged this week with DSD for assessment along with the original MLP.”
The Kookaburra Gully Project is one of Lincoln’s principal graphite projects, which also include the historic Koppio Graphite Mine and the Kookaburra Gully Extended, Pernella, Campoona Syncline and Gum Flat prospects, each of which are highly prospective graphite resources or prospects.