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Northern Silica project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description Greenfield silica sand mine and processing plant producing up to 5 million tonnes per annum of silica sand product for export, for up to 25 years.
Proponent Northern Silica Pty Ltd, controlled by Diatreme Resources Ltd
Location/s 30 km north of Hope Vale and 200 km north of Cairns. Map
Local government/s Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council and Cook Shire Council
Investment Up to $534.8 million
Key features
  • open cut silica sand mine
  • mine infrastructure area
  • processing plant, product stockpile area and conveyors
  • access road
  • options for use of, and potentially construction of, jetty and marine offloading infrastructure within the Port of Cape Flattery, for export via ocean-going vessels
Construction start date 2025
  • 120 (construction)
  • 90 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Have your say

The Coordinator-General has prepared a draft terms of reference (TOR) for the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Northern Silica project.

The draft TOR sets out the matters Northern Silica Pty Ltd must address when preparing the EIS.

You are invited to make comment on whether the draft TOR adequately covers all matters Northern Silica Pty Ltd must address when preparing the EIS. The Coordinator-General will consider your comments before finalising the TOR.

Comments close at 5 pm on Monday, 8 July 2024.

Read and comment on the draft TOR.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

3 June to 8 July 2024 Draft terms of reference ( 883.9 KB) for EIS public consultation.
12 January 2024

Gazettal (PDF icon 246 KB) of 'coordinated project' declaration.

29 November 2023

Application, including initial advice statement ( 16.6 MB) submitted.

14 June 2023 Australian Minister for the Environment and Water decided the project is a ‘controlled action’.

A project that has the potential to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance is called a ‘controlled action’ and requires approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Last updated: 03 Jun 2024