Korella North Mine Permitting Advances Step by Step

Wed, May 29 2024 10:45 am

NEWS RELEASE 24-16 May 28, 2024

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (“CRP”) (TSXV: NZP, NZX: CRP, Frankfurt Borse: 3GRE) wishes to advise that the Korella North Mine ML100379 permitting process moves forward with full execution of the Section 31 Deed, advertising the Notice of Intention to Grant Mining Lease and notification of neighbours.
ML100379 covers an area of 118.62 ha and is located 6km southeast of The Monument at Phosphate Hill. The grant of the Mining Lease includes the granting of access over the adjacent Phosphate Hill - Townsville rail line to the Phosphate Hill- Duchess Road.
The grant of the Mining Lease is under the Queensland Mineral Resources Act 1989 and is for a term of 10 years with the ability to apply for a further renewal for a term not exceeding 10 years.
Following signing of the Ancillary Agreement with the Yulluna People, the Queensland Department of Resources ("DOR"), under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, prepared the Section 31 Deed for signing by the Yulluna People and CRP.
The deed, signed by Yulluna People and CRP, having been returned to DOR has now been signed by them and is now fully executed.
DOR issued on 17th May the Notice of Intention to Grant Mining Lease 100379 and the twenty-business day period for objections has commenced. With the Notice advertised and available on the CRP website the nearest neighbour Mayfield Station has been visited.
To enable the grant of ML100379 the mine access road is required to have approval from Queensland Rail for a crossing on the Phosphate Hill -Townsville rail line and approval from Cloncurry Shire Council for a new intersection on the Phosphate Hill-Duchess Road. Applications for both consents were lodged on April 16th, 2024.
Queensland Rail have commenced evaluation of the proposed crossing and have already advised that it will require a Mining Compensation Deed to be concluded along with approval of the design of the rail crossing as well as a Project Interface Agreement and Statutory Interface Agreement.
Newly engaged Cloncurry-based consultant town planner, armed with the basis of a road maintenance charge, has commenced discussions with Cloncurry Shire Council to facilitate approval for the intersection and completion of a Road Maintenance Agreement.
We will keep shareholders updated on the progress of the approvals being processed by Queensland Rail and Cloncurry Shire Council.

For further information please contact:

Chris Castle
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited
64 21 55 81 85 or [email protected]

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