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Five Year Mine Plan
The Five Year Mine Plan, a document submitted to the Mining Management Program and Liaison Group (MMPLG) each year for Ministerial approval, summarises the major environmental management programs which will be undertaken at the mine, with emphasis on issues relevant to the next five years.
Prior to Ministerial approval being granted, the following process occurs.
  • A draft Mining and Management Program (MMP) containing a five year mining schedule is submitted to the MMPLG. The MMPLG is made up of representatives from the Department for State Development (DSD) (Chair). Department for Environment and Conservation (DEC), Water Corporation (WC), Department of Water (DoW) and the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP).
  • After consideration and field inspections, feedback including questions or concerns is returned to Alcoa.
  • The draft plan is modified if necessary and resubmitted.  The MMPLG makes its recommendations on the revised plan to the Minister for State Development who ultimately approves the plan.
  • Implementation of the management programs in the Five Year Plan is monitored by the MMPLG.
Six to Ten Year Mine Schedule 
The proposed six to ten year mining schedule is included in the Five Year Mine Plan submitted to the MMPLG, for information.
Twenty-five Year Mine Plan                           
Conceptual 25 year mine plans are submitted periodically for consideration by the MMPLG - usually at about five year intervals, or when a major change in the direction of mining is proposed.


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Alcoa's Five Year Mine Plan Approval Process