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Big Hill Mine Enhanced Development Project

Big Hill Mine Enhanced Development Project

Proponent: Stawell Gold Mines

Stawell Gold Mines (SGM) (a subsidiary of Crocodile Gold Corp) proposes to develop an open-cut gold mine along the Big Hill ridge, to the north-east of Stawell township in western Victoria.

The mine would be located on a 36 hectare site within the existing SGM licence boundary, on partially cleared land adjacent to the existing underground mine. The infrastructure for the current underground mine (i.e. processing plant, tailings storage, SGM water storages, offices and workshop) is located in close proximity to the central business area of Stawell, and would be utilised by the project. 

The project would involve the extraction of 2.3 million tonnes of gold ore by open pit mining methods from the proposed North and South pits. Ore would be trucked via existing internal roads to the SGM processing plant. Tailings from ore processing would be disposed of at the existing tailings storage facility. Waste rock generated from the project would be temporarily stored on an adjacent 6 hectares of disturbed land and used to progressively backfill the voids with the intention of re-establishing the Big Hill ridge topography.

Big Hill Enhanced Development Project Inquiry

The Minister for Planning appointed an Environment Effects Statement (EES) Inquiry (the Inquiry) to inquire into the potential effects of the proposed Big Hill Enhanced Development Project in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference (DOC, 573.5 KB, 5 pp.).

The Report and the Ministers Assessment were released on 30 October 2014

Exhibited EES

The EES for the Big Hill Enhanced Development Project was released for public comment from 28 March to 13 May 2014.

Details on the public exhibition process are provided in the attached notice.

The documents can be viewed and downloaded from Crocodile Gold Corp's Big Hill project website.

To request a copy of the EES Summary Brochure and/or a DVD of the complete EES (free of charge), please contact SGM on phone: 1800 771 729 or via

Copies of the submissions can be made available for any person to inspect at the following locations:

  • Planning Panels Victoria - Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, by telephone appointment on (03) 8392 6396
  • Stawell Library - Sloane Street, Stawell (restricted hours Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-12pm, Sun 3pm-5pm)

Scoping Requirements

Scoping Requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES.

Draft Scoping Requirements for this EES were on public exhibition between 19 July and 9 August 2013.  After considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final Scoping Requirements on 4 October 2013.


Consultation Plan

SGM (Crocodile Gold Corp) has prepared a communication and consultation plan outlining the opportunities for community engagement during the preparation of the EES.

Project History

On 23 April 2013, the Minister for Planning decided that an EES under the Environment Effects Act 1978 was required for the proposed Big Hill Enhanced Development Project.

Further information

  • Questions relating to the EES process should be directed to the department's Environment Assessment Unit - Phone: (03) 9223 5305
  • Questions relating to the public Inquiry process should be directed to Greta Grivas, Senior Project Officer, Planning Panels Victoria by or Phone: (03) 8392 6393

Documents : Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure