Astron is committed to bringing positive change to the communities surrounding its mining operations. Astron’s Donald Project  has been planned in close consultation with the local community to provide significant economic and social benefits to the
community. Astron is also in the process of planning a community fruit farming  initiative in Senegal, nearby Astron’s Niafarang Project. The social impact of the Niafarang project  and acceptance of it has been  the focus point during the year, in particular by focusing on communication strategies and information drives on small groups. The social campaign completion should  coincide with the mining licence  process. The EIA and EMP will be revalidated by the Technical  committee of the Department of Environmental affairs, to include  updates and changes required.

Sustainable Development
Astron’s sustainable development encompasses our commitment and policy towards our employees, local communities, health and safety and the environment.

Latest News
DMS sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Yarriambiack Shire Council
Donald Mineral Sands (DMS) and Yarriambiack Shire Council (YSC) have signed an MOU that acknowledges the spirit of co-operation between Council and DMS as DMS continues towards mining operation on mining licence (ML5532) near Minyip. The MOU covers the following areas of cooperation between YSC and DMS:
·         Partnership
·         Communication
·         Innovation
·         Public Reporting
·         Incident Response
·         Environment
The agreement does not absolve any legislative requirements or approvals and Council will still apply all statuatory obligations. 

MOU: DMS-Yarriambiack-Shire-Council


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.


Donald Mineral Sands (DMS) Project status:
Detailed Engineering and Definition Stage.

In 2019 DMS excavated a 1,000t run of mine (RoM) bulk sample of ore which was used for Wet Concentrator piloting works in 2020 using a purpose built 1:121 scale plant constructed in accordance with designs compiled during feasibility studies.  The resultant 24t of Heavy Mineral Concentrate (HMC) produced will be utilised for future test work and sales samples.

DMS are currently undertaking Rare Earth's floatation test work, preliminary results have indicated recoveries of up to 97% CeO2 and work is ongoing.

Further work around production and financial models, air and noise studies, rehabilitation program, Ore Reserve statement, logistics, risk profiling, project execution planning and infrastructure agreements will continue through the 2021 financial year. 

Senegal Mineral Sands Project status
Infrastructure planning & collaborative land access stage.

With several infrastructure contracts awarded, works await the acceptance and detailed collaborative access structure which will benefit both Astron's Senegalese subsidiary Senegal Mineral Resource (SMR) and the local villages through resource sharing, community development and social enterprise opportunities.

China processing status
Rebuild well underway.

Astron's new MIneral Separation processing plant has been successfully commissioned and is capable of processing up to 150,000tpa of ilmenite material for use as a high-quality feedstock for chlorination markets with TiO2 production plants in China.

Final stage commissioning of our Micro-agglomeration plant in Yingkou is underway, where expected monthly production volumes of up to 3,000t.

Testing and research and development facilities continue to be developed and upgraded.


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