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EIGHT TOODYAY SHIRE CANDIDATES OPPOSE MINING

NINE candidates have nominated to stand in the Toodyay Shire Council elections which close on Saturday October 19 and AHMAG has asked them if they oppose or support open-cut mining in the Avon Valley and hills.

The eight candidates who reject open-cut mining in our area are Beth Ruthven, Ben Bell, Phil Hart, Rosemary Madacsi, Brian Chambers, Susan Pearce, Bill Manning and Bruce Campbell. Bruce Guthrie said he was undecided as he would like to research the matter further. 

Remember, you can only vote for a maximum of six candidates, so make your vote count.

Fundraising for not-for-profit community groups such as AHMAG is vital to keeping groups afloat.

Throughout the year we run wood raffles, attend swap meets and sell plants at the Midland Farmers Market but October really puts us through our paces.

This month we will be spreading the message about the threat of open-cut mining to our local communities at two agricultural shows, one festival and a car boot sale.

Our fundraising sub-committee will be stretched to the limit this year as two events, the Toodyay Agricultural Show and Wundowie Iron Festival will both be held on Saturday October 12. The next day, Sunday October 13 we will be up again early to set up to sell plants and donated items at the Morangup Progress Association’s car boot sale at Morangup Hall in Wallaby Way.

The team gets a bit of a breather for a weekend before we attend the Gidgegannup Agricultural Show on Saturday October 26. Over the past five years we have sold pens, rainfall charts, stickers, stubby holders and keep cups to ensure we stay action ready for when the open-cut mining proponents resume their activities in earnest.

Stocks of our popular No Bauxite Mining in Avon and Hills stubby holders are now totally depleted and graphic artist Sandra Harms has produced a similar design with our mascot Nutbuster, the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo, sending a new message of No Open-Cut Mining in Avon and Hills. Sandra has also created a stunning Banksia design for a new line of merchandise, the calico eco-shopping bag which we hope will give Nutbuster a run for his money.

Pop into the AHMAG tent at any of these events, say hello, and show your support by purchasing any of our new items. It’s a small price to pay for making sure we protect our environment.

If you would like to donate plants or unwanted items for the car boot sale and future swap meets, please contact Hope and David Jones on 9572 9072.

Make your vote count

ELECTION Stop Press

Nine candidates have nominated to stand in the Toodyay Shire Council elections which close on Saturday October 19 and AHMAG has asked them if they oppose or support open-cut mining in the Avon Valley and hills.

The eight candidates who reject open-cut mining in our area are Beth Ruthven, Ben Bell, Phil Hart, Rosemary Madacsi, Brian Chambers, Susan Pearce, Bill Manning and Bruce Campbell.

Bruce Guthrie said he was undecided as he would like to research the matter further.

Remember, you can only vote for a maximum of six candidates, so make your vote count.

Young people get that there’s no Planet B

At shows and events where we collect signatures for parliamentary petitions opposing local open-cut mining, we are often approached by young people wanting to pledge their support to save our environment. When we tell them that they must be over the age of 18 to sign, many are disappointed that they can’t have their say.

Today’s young people understand that we need to recycle, stop littering and work towards having a sustainable future and tt water and our fragile ecosystems need to be protected. A recent world-wide movement by school and university students to strike on Fridays to protest climate change has seen demonstrations in 112 countries by hundreds of thousands of young protesters. Adults in positions of authority have both praised and criticised the school walkouts with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying, “What we want is more learning and less activism in schools”. The students say it is their future and that the lesson of climate change is the biggest they will ever learn. Their placard messages are to the point – “There’s no Planet B”, “Your profit is our loss,” “One day we will vote”.

In July conservationist Sir David Attenborough told British MPs that the most encouraging thing he saw is that the electors of tomorrow are already making their voices very clear.     “I’m OK, and all of us here are OK, because we don’t face the problems that are coming,” he said. “But the problems of the next 30 years are really major problems that are going to cause social unrest, and great changes in the way we live and what we eat. It’s going to happen.”
 
Environmental awareness ranks high for today’s singles and some rate it well above a prospective mate’s earning power. According to a small article in The West Australian in mid-July titled “Tall, dark and eco-friendly”, one third of singles “find a potential partner more attractive if they champion green issues, while almost a quarter regard eco-friendly habits such as recycling as must-have traits in a new date”.     And last month, a five-year-old wrote a letter to The Herald expressing displeasure at littering and called for all to take action. The captains of industry, of whom many are grandparents, don’t seem to give a toss about the environmental legacy they are leaving their descendants.     On the bright side, it won’t be too long before they will have to explain to their kids and grandkids why they have left them to clean up the environmental mess which they could have stopped.

AHMAG remains action-ready

TO KEEP non-members up to speed about AHMAG activities over the past year, we are publishing an edited version of our newsletter.

We are currently in caretaker mode and keeping an eye on the mining tenements. It takes too long to re-establish the organisation if mining activity accelerates and our association intends to stay action-ready.

Most residents believe that Yankuang Bauxite Resources Ltd has given up on the proposal to mine 62km2 in Morangup/Wooroloo but this is not true. Yankuang’s bauxite tenements are still ‘live’ and they include Julimar and Hoddys Well in Toodyay. Other companies, Lithium Australia, Northam Iron Pty Ltd and Australian Vanadium have ‘pending’ and ‘live’ tenements in the Avon Valley for lithium, iron ore and vanadium which are also strip mined.

The AHMAG committee is now in its fifth year and members have come and done their bit and moved on as their circumstances change. A huge thankyou to Sandra Harms, Jeanette Appleby, Rosemary Madacsi, Jo and Phil Hart and Heather Appleby for their valuable contributions and on-going support.

This year we have continued to fundraise to cover insurance, event fees and build a small reserve for publicity for when mining reactivates. We have also run two wood raffles, sold plants, attended swap meets and four agricultural shows where we have come to know most local State and Federal MPs. Each month we publish columns in The Toodyay Herald and Gidgegram which are then re-posted on our website and Facebook page to keep the public informed on what’s happening in the local area. We are also keeping an eye on Swan Gravel/Trico Resources’ proposal to extract 900,000 tonnes of gravel a year at Lot 3560 Toodyay Road Bailup – a potential open-cut bauxite mine down the track.

Keeping a public profile is essential and at the time of writing 4000 people have signed our parliamentary petition to stop strip mining within a 100km radius of Perth.

Yankuang Builds on Exploration Block by Block

NEXT year in early April, part of Yankuang Bauxite Resources Pty Ltd’s exploration licence for its Wundowie/Bailup resource area expires.


But that’s not the end of it, as Yankuang can continue to apply for two-year extensions into the future as long as it meets Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety rules on expenditure and compensation to landowners such as Peter Cook who owns most of the land under exploration.


Using the department’s schedule of fees and charges for exploration tenements, Yankuang has to spend approximately $500,000 over 11 years to satisfy the expenditure conditions to maintain its licences at Morangup and Wundowie/Bailup.


The company has not only met the minimum expenditure requirement but has reportedly spent even more to explore the 62km2 bauxite resource.

Mining companies don’t talk in hectares or square kilometres, they talk in ‘minutes’.

Based on longitude and latitude, their tenements are divided into regular units of land called ‘graticular sections’ or ‘blocks’.

Depending on the latitude, a block equates to approximately 2.8km2 to 3.3km2, which gives Yankuang 21 blocks in the 62km2 Morangup-Wundowie/Bailup exploration area.

During the exploration phase before a mining licence is granted, the mining proponent can extract or disturb up to 1000 tonnes of material from the ground, including overburden, and can seek ministerial approval to approve extraction of larger tonnages.

There is no limit to the number of exploration licences an individual or company can hold but there is a limit on the number of blocks that can be included in one licence.

An exploration licence is limited to a maximum of 70 blocks in a ‘known mineralisation zone’ such as the Avon Valley.

As long as the blocks have at least one side in common with another in the group, it means that approximately 210km2 can be explored under one licence.

Since the original 62km2 exploration area was licensed in 2007, Yankuang has added four more adjoining exploration areas in 2011 and 2012 as well as another, as yet unconnected, site.

Even if we double the minimum expenditure commitments for the original Morangup-Wundowie/Bailup exploration area, this averages out to only $91,000 a year – peanuts for a Chinese state-owned company such as Yankuang.

Annual General Meeting

Who will clean up mining mess?

IN LATE March, a two-year Senate inquiry into the rehabilitation of mining and resource projects failed to reach an agreement and it is unknown whether the Federal Government, which is not obliged to respond, will act on any of the inquiry’s recommendations.

In WA there are more than 10,000 abandoned mine sites which ceased operating due to falling commodity prices, spiralling costs, changes in government policy or overt regulatory breaches.

The 200-page Senate report said “Abandoned mines occur when mining leases or titles no longer exist, and responsibility for rehabilitation cannot be allocated to an individual, company or organisation responsible for the original mining activities.

“Because of this, responsibility for any remedial works that are required to rectify environmental problems on these sites generally falls to government and, ultimately, Australian taxpayers.”

In other words, companies can exploit legal loopholes to avoid their environmental obligations and we are left to deal with the mess.

One tactic is to place mines into an indefinite period of ‘care and maintenance’ during which no rehabilitation occurs on the site which has effectively ceased operating.

Another, is larger resource companies on-selling their stake to a smaller company which cannot feasibly undertake the rehabilitation obligation the original company signed on for.

During the Senate inquiry’s visit to WA in March 2018 it was revealed that companies don’t have to disclose mine closure/rehabilitation costs and that by going into liquidation they can walk away without meeting their environmental obligations.

A Mining Rehabilitation Fund of industry contributions was set up in 2012 to rehabilitate sites of companies that have gone broke, and more than a few have, but the legislation to update mine site rehabilitation obligations has not been updated.

The inquiry heard from The Environmental Defenders Office of Australia which determined that incomplete or inadequate mine site rehabilitation can lead to serious long-term environmental and social costs.

Given that the taxpayer has footed the bill for the two-year inquiry which visited six states and looked at numerous mine sites, AHMAG hopes that the government will follow up on the recommendations which will prevent mining companies from leaving future generations with a huge environmental and financial debt.

Congratulations to the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day organisers for another top event and thanks to all who signed our petition to stop open-cut mining within a 100km radius of Perth.

Keep in touch at facebook.com.au/avonandhills or write to PO Box 111 Gidgegannup WA 6083.

  

Submission Update
STILL no news of when Mundaring Shire Council will discuss the Swan Gravel/Trico Resources application to extract gravel at Lot 3560 Toodyay Road Bailup.

New miner predicts imminent bauxite boom

THE HILLS are alive – with live mineral exploration tenements.

   They straddle national parks, nature reserves, State forests, productive agricultural land and private properties.

   There are a number of companies paying big dollars to maintain their exploration registrations on land they intend to mine for various minerals including bauxite throughout the Avon Valley and vanadium between Wundowie and Bakers Hill.

   Lithium Australia’s pending application to mine lithium is in an area already pegged for bauxite mining north of Wundowie, while north east of Bejoording and to the east of Toodyay from Bolgart to Calingiri, Northam Iron Pty Ltd has its sights set on mining more iron ore.

   Northam Iron Pty Ltd already has live exploration tenements east of Nunile, from Bejoording to near Southern Brook, which they hope to convert to mining tenements.

   By far the biggest local bauxite mining proponent is Yankuang Bauxite Resources Ltd which has located 265 million tonnes in our area.

   The company recently relinquished a tiny parcel of its holdings but maintains the vast majority as live exploration tenements throughout the Avon Valley.

   Some new players have entered the mining arena; Chalice Gold Mines,which has pending tenements for nickel, copper, platinum and vanadium in a 156km2 area including the Julimar State Forest, and Pacific Bauxite Ltd, which holds pending live exploration tenementsover a 405km2area60km north east of Perth.

   In its annual report to shareholders in June 2018, Pacific Bauxite Ltd reported:

   “The immediate future for bauxite mining remains promising.

   “A boom period is considered imminent, driven by demand from China where a substantial fall in domestic reserves and production will require a corresponding increase in bauxite reports.”

   The company believes that “existing bauxite supplies together with planned developments are expected to satisfy global demands until approximately 2020.

   “Beyond this point in time, new projects will be required to meet forecast demand, with a supply deficit of more than 25 million tonnes by 2025 and over 50 million tonnes by 2030.”

   Residents who have been breathing a sigh of relief that Yankuang have packed up and gone home to China should think again.

   To see who has pending and live exploration tenements in your area, there is an easily accessible website that showswho is doing what and where.

   Visit LandTracker Maps, register, and you have free access to monitor what is happening in your own backyard.

   If Pacific Bauxite Ltd is correct in predicting an imminent boom in bauxite mining, AHMAG needs your help more than ever.

   To become an AHMAG member ($10 a year) or help with any of our activities, visit facebook.com/avonhills or write to PO Box 111, Gidgegannup WA 6083.

Green groups baulk at tackling bauxite

A TRIED and true political tactic to slip a controversial decision under the door is to announce it when the press is preoccupied with bigger news such as the coming Federal election.

   While Premier Mark McGowan was going down a treat in Toodyay last month where he presented a $1.79 million sports precinct grant, he incurred the wrath of environmental groups who are incensed that on March 29 he quietly renewed WA’s 20-year bilateral Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) with the Liberal Government.

   WA Forest Alliance Group convenor Jess Beckerling said it was “a dodgy agreement which provides the logging industry with a special free pass from Federal environment laws (which) have been rushed through in the dying days of the Morrison government to avoid scrutiny and lock in protection for the logging industry”.

   “Five unique forest-dependent birds and mammals have become endangered or critically endangered since the RFA was signed (in 1999) and 195,000ha of forests have been intensively logged without Federal oversight,” Ms Beckerling said.

   While AHMAG backs conservation groups such as the WA Forest Alliance and Conservation Council’s campaign to protect old-growth and high conservation value forests, it remains concerned that the rampant destruction of the south west jarrah forest by bauxite mining goes unchallenged by the government or peak body environmental groups.

   Retired forestry worker Karl Kelers wrote to The West Australian on March 14 that the real enemy of the jarrah forest is bauxite mining, which has been operating since the 1970s.

   “Logged areas regenerate because the basic ecology of the jarrah forest has not been destroyed,” said Mr Kelers.

   “The removal of alumina ore changes the ecology forever.

   “Yes, mine sites are rehabilitated but often with other species. Rehabilitated areas will never be a jarrah forest.

   “By all means protect the forest. But let us look at the real threat.”

   Three days after Mr Kelers’ letter was published, Frank Batini echoed Mr Kelers’ opinion in The West.

   “I am amazed that individuals and conservation groups who vociferously oppose timber harvesting and prescribed burning are so silent when it comes to the 25,000ha of jarrah forest that have been cleared for bauxite mining by Alcoa and mining company South32,” Mr Batini said.

   Former General Manager of CALM WA, Roger Underwood, believes there are two possible reasons why environmentalists have baulked at tackling bauxite mining in relation to the destruction of WA’s jarrah forests.

   He does not believe they have been ‘bought off’ but that they recognise it is a battle they cannot win.

   “The alumina industry is well-established and prosperous, is fully supported by government agencies and has a superb public relations machine.

   “The environmentalists would be done over, and they know it,” Mr Underwood said.

   In the same week that Mr McGowan was signing the RFA agreement The Sunday Times reported that a key priority of the McGowan government was “ensuring we protect WA’s unique natural environmental legacy for future generations...”.

   Keep in touch at facebook.com/avonand hills or write to PO Box 111 Gidgegannup WA 6083.

Vanadium the new bauxite for posing open-cut threat

WHEN the Avon and Hills Mining Awareness group rallied at State Parliament four years ago to present 4300 signatures to MPs in both houses, the group was seeking to ban only bauxite mining in the Perth Hills and Avon Valley.

   The immediate threat was open-cut mining in the Morangup/Wundowie area by Chinese-backed Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV).

   However, the group later realised a second petition was needed to ban all types of open-cut mining within 100km of Perth.

   Our second petition is well on its way again to securing more than 4000 signatures, this time to ban open-cut mining of iron ore, vanadium and lithium – which are all found locally – as well as bauxite.

   West Australians have ridden iron ore mining booms and busts since the mid-1960s and most people know that iron ore is used to make steel, with China the biggest buyer.

   When AHMAG members first started telling people four years ago about a planned 62km2 bauxite mine in the Morangup/Wundowie area, they were often asked “what’s bauxite?”

   Most locals now know that it is the local area’s ochre-coloured pea gravel which is smelted to make aluminium.

   With the rise in mobile phones and sources of renewable energy many people now also know a little about lithium, which is used to make batteries.

   It’s the world’s lightest metal and is used medically as a drug to treat bi-polar disorder as well as industrially in ceramics and aircraft manufacture.

   Lithium is found in igneous rock, including in local Darling Range bauxite deposits formed from weathered granite.

   Vanadium flies under most people’s radars but Vanadium Australia Ltd owns a large live tenement between Wundowie and Bakers Hill, and it’s time we learnt more about what it is.

   The silver grey metallic element is often derived from mineral ores and, along with lithium, is a rising star in modern renewable energy technology.

   About 85 per cent of the world’s vanadium production is used to strengthen steel for wheel axles, bicycle frames, crankshafts and gears.

   Rising global demand for renewable energy makes local deposits of lithium and vanadium increasingly attractive to open-cut miners, regardless of the impact of nearby communities.

Proposed Extension to the Toodyay Road Gravel Pit

You are probably aware of the proposal to expand the amount of gravel extracted from 3650 Toodyay Road near Red Swamp Brook.

If this concerns you, NOW is the time to register your disapproval.

There is a Public Notice about this at the Shire of Mundaring's web site. Invitations to comment close at 4pm on 19 December 2017. The public notice gives detail about where to lodge your concerns.

You can also give your comments on the "invitation to comment" icon at https://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/AboutCouncil/NewsPublications/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx .

You can use either of these ways to register your concern.

Time is short. You can also also ask for an extension for this process.

You do NOT need to be a resident of the Shire of Mundaring. Everybody that might be affected has every right to register their concerns.

IDEAS THAT YOU CAN USE:

A look at the available documents (see below) suggests that the environmental impact work that has been carried out is less than adequate. The key points are:

  • Impact on the quality of the water in Red Swamp Brook and its knock on effect on the local vegetation and animals
    • Turbidity (how clear the water is)
    • Acidity
    • Falling oxygen levels
    • Salinisation risk
  • Impact on the value of the surrounding properties
  • Impact of noise
  • Loss of visual amenity
  • Road safety issues including
    • The speed differential between vehicles already on Toodyay Road and those emerging from the gravel pit
    • The delays to emergency services vehicles on Toodyay Road
    • The presence of school buses
    • The geometry of the road, including overtaking lanes and the width of road reserves
    • The ability of Toodyay Road to handle up to an additional 300 fully laden trucks for day
    • Risk of runoff of sand, gravel and water from the pit onto Toodyay Road
  • Impact on tourism on visitors to the Avon Valley

DOCUMENT LIST

Points from 22 submissions received by the Shire of Mundaring to initial gravel pit application can be found here. This includes a map at the end of the document.

One licencee is Trico Resources Pty Ltd, and the grant of licence by the Department of Environment Regulation can be found here.

Another licencee is Swan Gravel Pty Ltd, and the grant of licence by the Department of Environment Regulation can be found here.

The Future of Toodyay

YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TOODYAY!

 

Toodyay Shire Local Planning Strategy (LPS) is being re-written. The DRAFT Local Planning Strategy is currently available for comment. Your chance to make your opinion count on local planning and development over the next ten to fifteen years.

You can find the strategy on the Shire website http://www.toodyay.wa.gov.au/Council/Have-your-say/Draft-Local-Planning-Strategy

Make a submission today!

Submissions on the planning strategy must be in writing and include reference to the strategy, the property affected where applicable and must be lodged on or before close of business Friday, 3 November 2017. You can make a submission on the draft strategy a number of ways.

By email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Online – using the form on the Shire website
Hard copy form or letter - see the flyer for details.

The attached Community Notice flyer has the basic information, however read on for more detail on items for comment.

The Shire has quietly included Mining in the draft strategy for the first time, combining it with Extractive Industries in two sections: 6.7 Mining and Extractive Industries (P13); and 7.7 Mining and Extractive Industries. (P22). These put Mining (bauxite, coal, oil and gas) and Extractive Industries (sand, clay, gravel) together. Mining is also mentioned in respect of the “Zoning Table” which the Shire has not provided for us to see with the other LPS documents on the website.

Mining has no place in a Local Planning Strategy because Local Government has no authority to approve or deny mining. However it does have that authority regarding Extractive Industries in the Shire. So the two industries can’t legitimately be combined. Having Mining in the LPS sends an incorrect message to everyone – suggesting: that the two are similar; and that Local Government has control over Mining as well as Extractive industries in the ShireI. Local Government has no authority to approve or deny, BUT CAN HAVE A SAY ON MINING under Section 120 of the Mining Act, as can anyone else! It also sends a message to State Government that mining is OK in Toodyay.

There are other areas where you might want to have a say as well! Check out the flyer for some additional items that might affect you

If you plan to write a submission:

  • Write it in your own words (if it is identical to another one it may be discounted)

  • If you don’t want Toodyay to have large areas of open cut mining that will impact EVERYONE in the Shire then you may want to include these suggestions.

 

ALL REFERENCES TO MINING in the LPS MUST BE REMOVED. This includes:

  • the whole of 6.7 Mining and Extractive Industries, which should be rewritten to refer only to Extractive Industries.

  • the whole of 7.7 Mining and Extractive Industries, which should be rewritten to refer only to Extractive Industries.

  • excluding Mining from the Zoning table completely ie NOT using either “D” Discretionary or “X” Not permitted for Mining

 

Other areas of the LPS that might impact on YOU include:

  • 5.2.13 Refers to protecting the shire from large scale inapproriate develop,ent and gives regional landfill as an example. A further example should be added - open cut mining eg bauxite, as this is an even larger scale inappropriate development

  • 7.3 Tourism - Reference to tourism is focussed on use of agricultural land with no reference to the scenery and wildlife which can add so much and is a major sustainable enterprise.

  • 7.1, 7.4, 7.10 All have references to re-zoning which may impact on YOU if you live in one of these areas

  • If you are a rural resident there is no reference to maintaining security of your rainwater and/or borewater supply. Both would be threatened by large scale development. There is reference to water supply only for the townsite and in the section on Biodiversity.

 

Read more: The Future of Toodyay

Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day 2017

The sun was shining, kids were laughing, adults were chatting, food and coffee vans were humming and the Small Farm Field Day was alive with activity.

The Honourable Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development: Agriculture and Food was in attendance to officially open the day’s events and AHMAG were lucky enough to have a quick chat with her and newly elected MLA Jessica Shaw about Yankuang Bauxite Resources proposed plans to mine here in the Darling Range.
 
Minister MacTiernan said that before the field day she had no previous knowledge of Yankuangs proposals, but showed concern over the possibility of losing tens of thousands of acres of productive farmland to strip mining.
 
Given the Minister had only just learnt about the proposals, she made the reasonable comment that she would need to speak with Yankuang to get their take on their plans before she could have an opinion one way or another, so watch this space.

With such great weather and such a well-planned and executed event, AHMAG were inundated with support from concerned people eager to sign our latest petition to stop “Bulk Commodity” mining from occurring within 100 km of Perth’s CBD.

We would like to thank The Experience Gidgegannup Committee for organizing such a fantastic event and a special thank you to Jennifer Kent and Sally Block for always making us feel so welcome every year.

AHMAG

Attention - EPA Referral Process

This is the EPA referral process that we must all be aware of.

The following link will take you to a 7 day window that has been opened for comment by the EPA, in relation to a referred proposal from South 32 (Worsley Alumina) to increase alumina production, by increasing their Hotham mining footprint in the Darling Scarp.

Example of How The Referral Process Works

Whether you agree with this proposed expansion or not, it is a perfect example of how the referral process works and is exactly what we can expect when Yankuang refer the Fortuna and Felicitas resources to the EPA for consideration.

7 Day Window

The EPA has opened a 7 day window for comment, please open and read the attached link as it is exactly the type of Notice that will be released by the EPA on their website when Yankuang refer their proposals for mining to the EPA here in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo.

We will only be given seven days and 500 words (Approximately A4 size) to state why we want their proposed plans to go to a full Public Environmental Review (PER). For example: Dust issues, Light pollution, Noise, Water, Destruction of farmland, Environment concerns, property value losses, etc, etc, etc. This list just goes on and on.

What You Will See on The EPA Link

Why We Are Consulting. At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

  • Do not assess
  • Assess - Referral information
  • Assess - Environmental review - no public review
  • Assess - Public environmental review......When Yankuang refer their proposals to the EPA, we all need to choose Assess - Public environmental review.

Why We Need a Full PER

This is vitally important, because without a PER the proposal will merely go through the process and no further input will be allowed by the PUBLIC, which of course is us. A full PER can take many months to complete which enables much more scrutiny from the Public.

Please click on the link below and prepare yourselves for the future EPA referral by Yankuang Bauxite Resources to mine the Felicitas and Fortuna resources.

If you disagree with the current proposal by South 32, then you may also wish to call for this proposal to be assessed at a full PER level as a trial run, but that is up to you. The window opened on the 22nd of May, so you are running out of time.

AHMAG

EPA Hotham Mining Extension Consultation

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