The IMS combines safety, health, environmental and community management requirements and outlines the policies, standards and procedures which have been developed and will be adopted to meet the requirements of the ISO14001 and OHSAS18001. The underlying driver of the IMS is the value it provides as a compliance and risk management tool. The IMS provides a mechanism for identifying legal requirements and risks to the business in a systematic manner so that effective controls can be developed and implanted as required.
During the environmental impact assessment a series of management strategies were developed to ensure that the impacts of activities associated with the mine on the natural values observed within the Great Victoria Desert region were minimised.
This provides the framework for managing threatened species and communities located within the Tropicana Gold Mine disturbance area and forms part of the IMS. Specifically this strategy identifies and describes threatened flora and fauna species that have been confirmed to occur within the project footprint or surrounding area; identifies and describes threatened fauna species that have suitable habitat in the project footprint and its surrounds, but have not been confirmed as present to date; identifies threatened vegetation communities that occur within the project footprint or in its surrounds; identifies the risks associated with the construction and operation of the project to the threatened species and communities; and proposes mitigation and management techniques to minimise the impact of the project on threatened species and communities.
The principal objective is to prescribe the management practices that will be used by all employees and contractors working at Tropicana to ensure the protection and management of Aboriginal Sites and other Heritage Sites. As part of this, employees are required to complete a cultural awareness course which will include local Indigenous community content that highlights the important connections to country and the values placed on areas of significance in the Great Victoria Desert.
The CEMS provided the framework for the management of environmental issues throughout the construction and commissioning phases of the Tropicana Gold Mine. It formed part of the project’s IMS. The purpose of the CEMS was to also identify key environmental aspects to be addressed and the supporting procedures; clearly articulate the management objectives, strategies and responsibilities; identify the monitoring and reporting requirements; and document the performance indicators and targets. During construction and commissioning, environmental management onsite was guided by the CEMS.The OEMS provides the framework for managing environmental issues during the operational phase of the Tropicana Gold Mine and forms part of the IMS. The OEMS is applicable to all activities undertaken by the within the operational area, the infrastructure corridors and the water supply area. The document is focused on establishing the operational environmental management strategies.
The Environmental Monitoring Strategy forms part of Tropicana’s Integrated Management System which ensures the effective management of all health, safety, environment, community and operational issues associated with the project.
The Joint Venture’s philosophy in the development of the project has been to avoid impacts to threatened or conservation-significant environmental values (e.g. Declared Rare Flora) in the first instance, and to minimise impacts where avoidance is not possible. In cases where a potentially significant impact to an important environmental value could not be avoided (e.g. Priority Flora situated beneath the Waste Material Landform) offsets were proposed.
To ensure that the proposed management strategies and procedures are resulting in the expected outcomes (e.g. drains are competent and adequate to contain and divert surface water run-off adequately) the JV has proposed a series of monitoring actions, documented in the Public Environmental Review (PER) and supporting documentation.
This document brings together all monitoring commitments made in the PER and the supporting documentation and monitoring obligations associated with legislation and other approvals. It is envisaged that this document will be periodically updated (bi-annually) to ensure that monitoring regimes are appropriate.
The TEMS provides the framework for managing environmental issues associated with tailings and infrastructure including the Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) and forms part of the IMS.
It is applicable to all employees and contractors working in the processing and tailings facilities and covers planning, the design, operation and rehabilitation/commissioning of the TSF and related infrastructure.
The environmental objectives for the management of processing waste, and more specifically the TSF, include permanent and secure containment of all solid waste materials; removal and reuse of free water; minimisation of seepage; effective and secure transportation of tailings to the TSF; ease of operation; prevent loss and poisoning of wildlife; and compliance with all applicable legislation and other obligations such as the International Cyanide Management Code.
This strategy provides the framework for managing closure and rehabilitation requirements over the life of the Tropicana Gold Mine and forms part of the IMS. The post-mining aim for the project is to establish a sustainable native ecosystem that is as similar to the pre-existing ecosystem as can be achieved within the limits of recognised good practice rehabilitation methods and the post-mining environment. The strategy’s framework has a number of objectives including closure planning and implementation; risk appreciation; financial provision; completion criteria; waste materials management; decommissioning; rehabilitation planning and implementation; and relinquishment.