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.


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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