An Environment Review Committee (ERC) is a group of stakeholders who review the environmental performance of a mine or quarry.
The purpose of Fosterville Gold Mine’s Environment Review Committee (ERC) is to facilitate effective two-way communication and build knowledge to promote better understanding of the Fosterville mining operation between key stakeholders, including the local community, Fosterville Gold Mine and the official Victorian regulators.
The scope of FGM’s ERC includes, but is not limited to, the following aspects:
Fosterville Gold Mine’s Environment Review Committee consists of representatives from the community, FGM and state regulatory authorities, including Earth Resources Regulation (ERR), Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP), Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) and the City of Greater Bendigo Council.
There are currently two community representatives who sit on Fosterville Gold Mine’s Environment Review Committee: Mr. Tim Harrington and Mr. Ian Ralston.
The FGM Environment Review Committee meetings are held four times per year and are facilitated by an independent chair. The minutes from the quarterly ERC meetings cover key aspects of presentations, discussions and any actions.
ERC community representatives are appointed through an expression of interest process with vacancies advertised locally. Nominees are required to complete an ERC Application Form to register their interest and these applications are reviewed and appointed via an independent selection panel. Applications will be assessed against key selection criteria and the applicants’ ability to fulfil the ERC Member Role and Responsibilities, as defined in Section 4 of the terms of reference.
ERC membership will include up to three community representatives, reflecting a breadth of interests and stakeholder groups. It is intended that collectively FGM’s ERC community representatives will represent the range of views and opinions held within the local community.ERC TERMS OF REFERENCE ERC OBSERVERS CONDITIONS