Donald Mineral Sands (DMS)

Dear all valued Staff, Stakeholders and Community Members,

2017 has yet again seen many developments and progress, albeit not known to all stakeholders. The DMS team has been working aligned with other global projects and operations including preparation and support with the Astron China and Senegal teams.

DMS and Astron again supported local members and groups with sponsorships, water donations and the like. DMS wishes to stay connected with its local communities and aims to engage and apply more opportunities in the future. Again, the team should be proud of their professional contributions throughout the year and their diversification of tasks and duties to align to the Global vision of Astron. This is a credit to you all and much appreciated.

DMS will continue to develop and define its project in the Murray Basin over the 2018 period where it is anticipating a ramp up stage towards practical completion of programs.

DMS have staff available for communications and support throughout the Christmas period - feel free to email or contact myself ( for operational needs or Jessica ( for financial and accounts. Our Minyip office will close on 22/12/17 and reopen 08/01/18.

The DMS team wish you and your families a Safe and Merry Christmas and look forward to collaborating with you all in 2018.

Merry Christmas, and a Safe and Happy New Year.

Project and Mineral Separation Plant, Murray Basin

The Donald Mineral Sands (DMS) adjacent Donald and Jackson deposits are among the largest mineral sands deposits in the world and contain  a high proportion of the most valuable  zircon in their heavy mineral assemblage, which is the largest zircon deposit  in the world.

The current Mineral Resource estimate totals 4.78 billion tonnes of sand at an average grade of 3.7% of total heavy minerals (HM) at 1% HM cut-off and the total heavy minerals on average include 19% Zircon, 9% Rutile + anatase, 33% ilmenite, 18% leucoxene and 2% monazite for the mineralogically assayed parts of the Donald and Jackson deposits. Most other mineral sands deposits in the world contain about 10% zircon.

DMS started the basic design works for mining, metallurgy and tailings in January 2015. These basic design works have now been completed as DMS transition into the final stages of feasibility designs prior to detailed phases of execution.

In October 2015, entry into an EPC contract with CMEC will provide funding for the EPC of the first phase of the Donald Project, subject to satisfaction of a number of conditions.


Astron’s project definition statements are advancing with both the Senegal and Donald projects. Project and Engineering teams are currently advancing the Definitive Feasibility study for the Donald project in the Murray Basin Victoria.

Project milestones are continuing with Environmental, Engineering design, Infrastructure and operational preparedness activities.


Milestones achieved in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 continue to return cost effective outcomes for the business’s future. Achieved and planned milestones for 2016 include:

  • Submission of the Donald Site Work Plan Q4 2016
  • Donald Mineral Sands – Definitive Feasibility Study Q4 2016
  • Pre-Feasibility Engineering design of the Mineral Separation Plant commenced Q3 2016
  • Procurement and Engineering Technical reviews in both China and Australia commenced Q3 2016
  • Feasibility Design of the Donald Site Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) completed Q3 2016
  • Logistics, Infrastructure and Civil designs completed Q3 2016
  • Project Execution and Packaging Plans completed Q3 2016


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