Proposed Saint Elmo Vanadium Project

Project description

MULTICOM RESOURCES LIMITED (the proponent) is proposing to develop the Saint Elmo Vanadium Project to mine and produce vanadium. The proponent proposes to develop a greenfield, shallow, open cut mine and associated infrastructure, to produce up to 50,000 tonnes per year of Vanadium Pentoxide (V2O5) over a mine life of at least 30 years. The project would require strip mining of 25 to 30 million tonnes of material per year within an 8,882 hectare area covered by Mining Lease Application 100162. The project would be located approximately 25 kilometres east of the town of Julia Creek, in the McKinlay local government area, in north west Queensland.

The proposed project would consist of:

  • a shallow (15 meter average depth) open cut ore extraction pit, with north-south aligned strip mining panels to be sequentially mined, backfilled and rehabilitated
  • a run-of-mine stockpile area
  • overburden and topsoil storage and management areas
  • an area for blending run-of-mine stockpiles to minimise feed grade variation through the processing plant
  • an ore processing plant, to extract Vanadium Pentoxide (V2O5)
  • access for trucks to deliver reagents to the ore processing plant
  • an infrastructure area, including offices, laboratories, workshops
  • a sewerage treatment plant and effluent disposal area
  • a bore water supply for the site, including a reverse osmosis plant as required, and potable water storage
  • a tailings storage facility
  • progressive rehabilitation of disturbed areas
  • an electrical sub-station power plant or solar plant
  • the creation of approximately 100 ongoing operational jobs for the life of the mine and an estimated 250 construction jobs
  • an investigation of accommodation options, including a workforce accommodation village and housing options within the Julia Creek township.

An initial advice statement providing more detail of the project and its potential environmental impacts is accessible through the link at the bottom of this page.

Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Queensland)

On 27 November 2017, the department approved an application for the proponent to voluntarily prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth)

On 6 September 2017, the Department of the Environment and Energy determined the proposed project to be a controlled action (EPBC 2017/8007) under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The controlling provisions are sections 18 and 18A (Listed threatened species and communities). The project will be assessed under the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland using the EIS prepared under the EP Act.

Public notification of final terms of reference (TOR)

The process for the assessment of this project is as follows:

  1. Submission of draft TOR
  2. Public notification of draft TOR
  3. Final TOR issued—EIS in preparation
  4. Public notification of EIS
  5. Proponent responds to submissions
  6. EIS assessment report

The final TOR for the EIS was issued to the proponent on 21 June 2018. The proponent may submit an EIS to the department within two years or any longer period decided by the department. At that time, the EIS will be made available for public review and the department’s chief executive will invite written submissions on the EIS from the public.

Further information

Publicly available documents can be obtained by accessing the links below:

Current documents

Superseded documents

For further information about the EIS process for this proposal, contact the EIS Coordinator on 13QGOV (13 74 68) or email

The EIS will be available for public review and comment when released. For further information about the EIS process for this proposal, contact the EIS Coordinator on 13QGOV (13 74 68) or email