ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT
Allup Silica understands that good environmental stewardship is fundamental to responsible business practice. Equally, it is important to demonstrate this level of acceptance of responsibility to the communities in which we operate, as this is instrumental in building trust.
We are committed to environmental stewardship across the whole life of our operations, and will work to actively manage and minimise any impacts. Maintaining healthy air and water quality is paramount to this obligation. We recognise the importance of sound environmental practice and outcomes, and support the fact that there are highly regulated controls in place being monitored by all levels of government to ensure compliance.
Our ‘Communities and Social License Policy’ outlines the importance of working with Traditional Owners and community groups, and it is through these mechanisms that we will learn about and integrate traditional ecological practice and knowledge.
Allup Silica is committed to the leadership role it holds, and accepts it is accountable to manage the impacts to the environment as a consequence of its operations through sound long term stewardship actions.
Regulatory requirements will be followed and met, and we will work constructively to minimise, mitigate and remediate any effects that our operations may have on either communities or environments. Protecting the environmental value of the region in which we operate is a key focus for the Company.
Our goals will include working towards these benchmarks:
- Confining disturbance to a minimum and ensuring it is kept within the legally approved and designated areas.
- Locating, designing and constructing facilities in areas that minimise the disturbed footprint of the land.
- Ensuring that all new or expanded mine operations and/or built facilities minimise the environmental impacts, and where possible, identify and facilitate post-operational land uses that rehabilitate or mitigate.
- Rehabilitating open pits, subsidence zones and other areas of mining impact to the greatest extent practicable and consistent with the criteria established with communities and/or government agencies.
- Ensuring that the mine closure and rehabilitation plan is clearly documented and agreed to at the earliest stage possible so that communities can have faith that we understand the custodian nature of the role we have with the land. Undertaking concurrent rehabilitation where practicable.
- Ensuring that all rehabilitated lands are safe and self-sustaining and are left fit for purpose if it is to be utilised by
- Implementing and regularly updating an information and monitoring program that shows clearly the levels of performance being achieved with respect to land disturbance control and mitigation.
- Identifying lands to be rehabilitated as flora and fauna habitat and designing them so that they can support a self-sustaining, diverse vegetation and animal community.
- Engaging in collaborative partnerships with community that enable biodiversity offset schemes to be entered into
- Adhering to responsible water use standards and recycling operational water use to the maximum extent possible.
- Providing a point of contact, or access to an independent community advocacy service as a means of support to communities who require information, specific answers, response to grievances or environmental and land management operations-related advocacy services.