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AHMAG keeps its eye on all open-cut mining

OUR SMALL but active group has survived another year and will continue to spread the message that the threat of open-cut mining in our area has not gone away.

Mid-year, Yankuang Bauxite Resources Ltd allowed a small parcel of tenements to lapse which led to speculation that the Chinese state-owned mining proponent had packed its bags and gone home. All of Yankuang’s remaining bauxite tenements are still live, and the earliest we will know if they intend to quit the area will be in early April when its exploration licence for its Wundowie/Bailup resource area expires.

Meanwhile, Yankuang has been joined by open-cut mining proponents Northam Iron Pty Ltd, Australian Vanadium, Lithium Australia and Mercator Minerals which intend to mine locally. With the additional threat of iron ore, vanadium and lithium mining, AHMAG has rebadged several items of merchandise from “No Bauxite Mining” to the more inclusive “No Open-Cut Mining”.

Our parliamentary petition which opposes all open-cut mining within a 100km radius of Perth continues to grow with more than 4000 signatures collected at local events. Facebook followers remain steady and this year we have had several new members sign up. Membership is as cheap as chips; $10 a year, so show your support by signing up on Facebook or by writing to PO Box 111 Gidgegannup WA 6083.
   
We would like to thank all who have donated plants and unwanted items which generate much-needed funds to keep us afloat.
Each month we must find more than $100 to cover public liability insurance so we can go out and spread the message.
   
Special thanks this year to Sandra Harms, Jeanette Appleby, Jo and Phil Hart, Rosemary and Miska Madacsi, Heather and Geoff Appleby and Leonie Woods for coming on board when needed.

The events team – Hope and David Jones, Shan Diver and family and Ieva Tomsons continued to spread the message during fundraising activities, and we end the calendar year in a healthy financial position.

Season’s greetings and Happy New Year to everyone – see you next year.

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