As this newsletter goes to print, I’m thrilled to be joining the Mayors of Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes Councils to jointly sign the Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA). This will inject an initial $400,000 into the local region – with $18 million to follow during construction and the first 21 years of the mine life. The local initiatives to be funded through this investment from Clean TeQ encompass community enhancements, at the discretion of the Councils, and road maintenance. Upgrades to the road network to be used by Clean TeQ sit outside of the VPA and total many millions.
The final Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for 2018 was held in Condobolin where members were updated on Clean TeQ Sunrise activities. Our team is looking forward to continuing the conversation with the CCC in the new year.
Work on the front-end engineering and design for Clean TeQ Sunrise is progressing well with our major project partner Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd as we prepare for project delivery.
On the ground at Clean TeQ Sunrise, we’ve installed a weather station that is now capturing data from the site. During November we completed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage salvage works at the Sunrise property with members of our registered Aboriginal parties. Work is underway in planning for water pipeline construction in 2019 – stay tuned for updates on pre-survey works early in the new year.
A personal highlight for the year was attending the Band Together Farmers benefit concert in Parkes. I’m proud of Clean TeQ Sunrise for getting behind the event as the platinum sponsor and showing our support for the Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health. It was fantastic to see the spotlight on health and wellbeing through the event and I’d like to congratulate the organisers for putting together such a brilliant concert. Our community coffee cart has been doing the rounds again. The conversations about Clean TeQ Sunrise have been flowing along with the coffee and cakes – thank you to those who have joined our team for a chat
2019 will be a significant year for Clean TeQ Sunrise with construction expected to begin around mid-year, following more work on engineering and project financing. I look forward to sharing these exciting updates with you throughout the year.
Best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy 2019.
Over 2,500 people gathered for the once-in-a-lifetime showcase. After the Air Force Roulettes ruled the sky, Clean TeQ’s own Sam Riggall warmed the stage for the legendary Mark Seymour. As the platinum sponsor of the event, we are proud of the positive impact the event has had for the region and for the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.
The Christmas Coffee Cart joined forces with P&Cs from various schools across the region to raise money by way of some excellent cakes that complemented the coffee provided by Coffee Fix by Larz of Bogan Gate and Happy Daze Coffee Lounge in Condobolin. The team took the opportunity to update the community about Clean TeQ Sunrise activities and to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Year.
Four management plans have recently been approved by the Department of Planning and Environment and can be viewed on the Clean TeQ website. In addition, we are currently undertaking consultation with key stakeholders regarding the Traffic Management Plan. This is to ensure that any mitigation and control measures noted within the management plan are suitable to those living along the main construction transport routes. The Traffic Management Plan will be displayed on the Clean TeQ website once approved.
This activity was carried out in accordance with our Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit. Dr Matt Cupper headed the salvage works with members of our registered Aboriginal parties invited to participate. A secure Keeping Place has been established to store salvaged artefacts.
Our CCC is chaired by Lisa Andrews, an independent Chairperson appointed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
The CCC met again on 14 December in Condobolin where members were provided with an update on recent and forthcoming Clean TeQ Sunrise activities, including approved management plans. Members were thanked for their commitment and contribution to the CCC, especially through the Modification 4 assessment process. Minutes and presentations from the meeting are published on the Clean TeQ website and can be viewed here.
The CCC will meet again in the new year.
This year we have partnered with P&Cs from various schools with our community coffee carts that have seen funds raised go towards improvements in the school education experience. We were also pleased to be able to team with the students of Trundle Central School and St Patrick’s School to match their fund-raising activities. St Patrick’s School is now enjoying a shade-shelter while some of the students at Trundle Central School took to the slopes during the winter months. We consider education to be a powerful instrument for community growth and we hope to inspire young minds to be prepared to be different, a key value of Clean TeQ Sunrise.
Parkes local Tom Rivett joins Clean TeQ as Senior Metallurgist – Mineral Processing. Tom brings considerable experience from his career in ore processing.
Andrew Jones has worked in environmental management for the last 20 years and starts with Clean TeQ as Project Environmental Superintendent.
Our other recent recruit is Talan Breaden who joins Clean TeQ as Project Health and Safety Superintendent. Talan is another Parkes local and has more than ten years of experience working in HSE roles in the resources sector.
Robert talked about the global trends driving growth in the electric vehicle market and the significant long-term role of cobalt and nickel.
Sam shared highlights from across the business, including progress on Clean TeQ Sunrise over the last 12 months. The meeting was also an opportunity for shareholders to ask questions to the Board – with interest in the project timeline, financing and offtake agreements. Shareholders were also introduced to Clean TeQ’s newest Board member, Judith Downes, who joined as a Non-Executive Director in October. Judith brings a strong background in finance, audit and risk management with large ASX listed companies.
The plant will use Clean TeQ’s DeSALx technology to treat mine water to match the quality of the region’s underlying aquifer – processing up to two million litres per day. Construction of the plant is nearing completion with commissioning due to start in early 2019.
They have huge potential in water treatment when used in a filtration membrane. A new joint venture between Clean TeQ and Ionic Industries is set to further develop and commercialise this technology.
The joint venture partners have successfully developed a process to manufacture high purity graphene oxide that can be applied to create a highly efficient nanofiltration membrane. The advantages of the membranes over existing technologies include better water recovery, lower energy costs and increased flow. Clean TeQ and Ionic will be focused on achieving commercial scale production of the membranes, as well as manufacturing water purification modules targeted at wholesale and retail customers.
With a Voluntary Planning Agreement of more than $9 million* for the Shire
With a Voluntary Planning Agreement of more than $3 million* for the Shire
With a Voluntary Planning Agreement of more than $6.3 million* for the Shire