Iluka Resources’ Tutunup South Site Visit
6 September 2019 | Busselton region, Western Australia
Iluka Resources is currently rehabilitating its Tutunup South mine, located in the southwest of Western Australia, approximately 16 km southeast of Busselton. Tutunup South was mined between 2011 and 2018 for zircon and ilmenite for the production of synthetic rutile at Iluka’s Capel processing facilities. Rehabilitation commenced in 2018 and will be completed in 2021. The site is one of numerous mines that Iluka has closed or is progressively rehabilitating in Australia, the US and Sierra Leone.
Tutunup South is mainly agriculture land (192 ha) that will be returned to productive pasture. Native vegetation makes up the remaining 17 ha and include 2 ha of paluslope wetland. This wetland contained plant species that are difficult to propagae so Iluka used an innovative approach for its rehabilitation. The entire wetland vegetation, including its soil, was transplanted to an irrigated nursery area in 2010. The plants have survived and flourished in the nursery and will be transplated into the reinstated wetland in 2019.
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