Key appeals lodged by Australian iron ore producer Gindalbie Metals against objections to the hematite and magnetite phases of its Karara iron ore project in Western Australia have been upheld.

The approval by the Western Australian Environment Minister Donna Faragher was granted after Gindalbie appealed against recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority to exclude the Terapod deposit from the company’s plans.

With these approvals Gindalbie and AnSteel can now get on with the job of building the project, Gindalbie managing director Garret Dixon said.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the Minister and her colleagues to agree on the conditions required to secure final ministerial approval to enable the Karara Project development to proceed,” Dixon said.

The government upheld the majority of appeal points lodged and final approval is expected in the coming months.