Kemerton Silica Sand (KSS) is a sand dredging operation located 35 kilometres north of the Port of Bunbury and approximately 150 kilometres south of Perth. The KSS property is freehold land owned by the proponent.
MBS Environmental has been involved in the development of a silica sand mine extension area at Kemerton for several years and has recently submitted a Public Environmental Review.
MBS Environmental has been engaged by KSS to assist with a variety of environmental projects, specifically:
- In August 2007, MBS Environmental undertook an initial acid sulphate soils survey inside of the mine extension boundary to provide an indication of the status of potential acid sulphate soils within the extension areas. Key aspects of the program involved an initial design in conjunction with DEC, field assessment and testing of all soil samples to provide indications of the likelihood of acid sulphate soils presence.
- MBS Environmental has prepared a Rehabilitation Management Plan (RMP) for the KSS existing operations. This has recently been revised to include provision for expansion of the mine area. The RMP provides details on each aspect of the rehabilitation program. The RMP is an adaptive document, which will review results of ongoing rehabilitation research during the life of mine and include results in subsequent document revisions.
- Co-ordinating of sub-consultants for specialised surveys on the KSS property, including:
- Flora and vegetation: Priority species, Declared Rare Flora and Threatened Ecological Communities.
- Fauna surveys: in particular species of Conservation Significance.
- Wetlands: including invertebrate fauna and vegetation.
- Short Range Endemic species.