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Propaganda Machine Looking For Replacement Part

BAJV / BRL have been tirelessly trying to replace part of their propaganda machine that has broken away, but one could be forgiven for thinking the whole machine could be about to fly apart.

There are currently 10 representatives on the Bauxite Mining Community Advisory Group (BMCAG) yet at the latest BMCAG meeting held on the 14 of July 2015, 5 members did not attend and BAJV / BRL were unable to get a quorum.

Is this because members of the BMCAG have already realized that they are being used by BAJV / BRL?

This group is not recognized by the vast majority of the community, as there was no formal voting process where candidates were voted in to the positions on the BMCAG by the communities that will be affected, but merely chosen by BAJV / BRL.

The Independent Chair Person on the BMCAG Leigh Hardingham is on the BAJV / BRL payroll.

Not sure how you stay independent behind closed doors in meetings that you run on behalf of your employer for your employer.

This is not a Community Group it is a Mining Group.

Sources say that Leigh has been involved with Leighton Contractors - part of CIMIC "Construction, Infrastructure, Mining and Concessions" the company that sold "John Holland" to China and her company is attracted to projects that involve community and stakeholder participation and have extensive experience on major projects where opposition exists.

This is of course to eliminate the opposition for the proponent by controlling the meetings, as that is what she is paid to do.

We all need to stand together against the tactics currently being used against our community:

"It is Not a Done Deal and You Can Say NO to Bauxite Mining Here"

Together We Will Be Heard


Exploration Watch Reminder

Have you seen this Drill Rig operating in your area?

If you do, take pictures, record the location and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can all know where BAJV / BRL are drilling.

If the proposed Felicitas and Fortuna  mines ever get the green light, then mining could be in your back yard before you know it and that is just the beginning.

"First a mine, then a Refinery".

BRL are still in dispute with Yangkuang Resources over funding for a BFS, which is a Bankable Feasibility Study to build a Refinery and it has escalated to the point where a Perth Barrister has been asked to mediate.

This merely solidifies the intent by BRL to build a Refinery with Chinese money somewhere close to rail and close to their proposed bauxite mine, as this would help to minimize transport costs and increase profits.

Where will the Refinery go? And how many people will be impacted by that?

Both proposed mines and a possible future Refinery will have devastating impacts on our area and this region, but if we all say no to mining, that will also stop a Refinery.

"Together We Will Be Heard"



Are you one of the many or one of the few

Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) are planning a 62 KM2  open cut bauxite mine HERE in Morangup, Wooroloo and Wundowie.
The Majority of residents DO NOT want a bauxite mine HERE  under any circumstances.

If you are one of the many, then we urge you to send an email to Yangkuang Group in China to tell them how mining in this location is both Environmentally and Socially Irresponsible and will not be accepted by our communities under any circumstances.

Yankuang Resources Pty Ltd is managed by Yancoal Australia Ltd. which is one of the largest coal miners and operators in Australia including the management and operation of the largest coal mine in WA (ie Collie coal mine).

Yangkuang Group are located at:

No.298, Fushan South Road, Zoucheng City, Shandong Province
PC: 273500

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address your emails to the Chairman and Members of the Board, Yangkuang Group.

Let the Chinese know that a bauxite mine is not welcome in our community


Dust Will Not Be A Problem

At least that is what Morangup, Wooroloo and Wundowie residents are being told by BAJV and BRL who plan to mine some 11 million five hundred thousand tonnes of bauxite in the area, if approvals are granted.

Today is the 24th of June 2015, the picture below was taken at 5pm in the afternoon just before dusk, it was a cool 19.5 degrease celcus and there was an air - seeding machine working in the paddock across on Jingaling Brook Rd Morangup.

Over a 4 day period ending on Saturday the 20th of June 2015, 50mm of rain had fallen on Jingaling Brook Rd, yet look at the dust in the attached picture.

Do you think dust will be a problem if and when a mine goes ahead??

We do.


Propaganda Machine Picks Up Speed

BAJV / BRL have the following statement on their FB page

News - Bauxite Mining Community Advisory Group (BMCAG) established to ensure a broad range of viewpoints are heard and enable community representatives to contribute and provide feedback into the Felicitas and Fortuna bauxite projects.

The group consists of residents from Morangup, Toodyay, Wundowie, Gidgegannup, Bakers Hill, representatives from the Shires of Mundaring, Northam, the Avon Valley Environmental Society, Toodyay Friends of the River, Toodyay Naturalists Club, Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures and Bauxite Resources Limited.
NOT ONE  of these representatives are community representatives as they were all chosen by BAJV / BRL for BAJV / BRL and sit in meetings that are Chaired by a so called Independent Chairperson who just so happens to be paid by BAJV / BRL to attend and control the closed door meetings.

There was no election process where community candidates were put forward, then followed by a formal vote from the community to elect these people to represent the communities that will be affected. Instead they all had to send in a type of CV and agree to a terms of reference before being accepted by the proposed miners.

The only way in which the community can truly be heard is by way of OPEN and TRANSPARENT Community meetings, which BAJV / BRL refuse to HOLD.

Don’t be fooled, the BMCAG has been set up to confuse, control and divide the community even further and is nothing more than a box ticking exercise that will be used at the EPA to help speed up the assessment process.

Apart from name, where exactly is the Community part of this group???

One of the latest ASX announcements from BRL states the following:

Community Advisory Group established to inform Bauxite Miners, that better describes what this group is for. 

Click on the link to view all CAG members.

You can still say no to bauxite mining HERE, but you need to have a VOICE.

Remember, "You are not Alone and together WE WILL be heard"



Exploration Watch

It has come to our attention today that the BRL / BAJV drill rig has started drilling for more bauxite on another farm opposite the Fortuna Resource on Fernie Rd Morangup. This property is on the Chitty Rd side of Fernie Rd.


If the Fortuna and Felicitas mines get approval, BRL / BAJV will be mining in and around the Toodyay, Northam and Mundaring shires for many decades and not just the 25 years they are currently spruiking and maybe we will end up with a REFINERY here after all, BECAUSE if they can get big enough buffers from a much bigger resource without 900 people next door, then that is a very real possibility.

If you have seen these drill rigs in your area, let us know, if you see them again take pictures and send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the location of where the photo was taken.

Lets set up an exploration watch so that we all know where they are and what they are up too, as they could be mining in YOUR backyard sometime in the future.


Yarloop, Alcoa and CAPS

Have you ever heard of Yarloop?
The residents of Yarloop have been fighting the effects of the Wagerup refinery for over 20 years.

If we are not careful the same problem can occur here in our region if BAJV / BRL get approval for their bauxite mines here in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo. Their refinery will probably be built somewhere East of Northam, but could be anywhere along the Perth to Kalgoorlie rail line as a site has not yet been disclosed.

Click on CAPS Brand New Facebook link below and like their page, sign their online petition and show them your support, As they support Us.

"Together we will be heard"


CAPS website link:

Latest Post on BAJV's FB page

The latest post on BAJV's FB page provides this link: and states:

The Bauxite Mining Community Advisory Group (BMCAG) has been established as an initiative of Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) and Bauxite Resources Limited (BRL), which are both progressing bauxite mining projects south west of Toodyay and North of Wundowie.

Once again the future neighbour from HELL shows complete contempt for the Morangup community, as we are mentioned as being south west of Toodyay and North of Wundowie.

It is like we do not exist and that's the way they want shareholders to view these projects.

The BMCAG will ensure a broad range of viewpoints are heard and enable community representatives to contribute to the Felicitas and Fortuna projects.

Following you will find a list of all of the BMCAG members, how many of those people did you choose???

Sorry that's right we forgot, they were chosen by BAJV / BRL for BAJV / BRL so they are not representatives of any of our communities, they are representatives of the would be miners.

Committee members:

 Leigh Hardingham
 Independent Chair & Facilitator
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 M: 0427 943 879
Denise Lynne
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 M: 0401 000 201
Len Anderson
Morangup & Business Proprietor.
 M: 0417 178 548

Toni Burbidge
Co-ordinator Environment, Shire of Mundaring
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 P: 9290 6675

Chris Davidson
Wundowie & Business Proprietor
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 M: 0427 387 686
Sean Luke
Toodyay Tradesman
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 M: 0402 657 354

Greg Warburton
Toodyay Friends of the River & Toodyay Naturalists Club
Jan Pittman
Gidgegannup Progress Association
 M: 0408 024 854
Linda Richardson-Varley
Toodyay & WA Country Health
 M: 0447 116 047

Cr Ulo Rumjantsev
Northam Shire & Bakers Hill Progress Association
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 P: 9574 0086 / 0432 720 144

Richard Wilkinson
Avon Valley Environmental Society
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 P: 9574 5947

Chantelle O’Sullivan
Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures
 (Shop Open Wed & Fri 10am-4pm @ 108 Stirling Tce, Toodyay)
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 P: 9200 6309 / 0437 701 155
Wayne Clarke
Alternate Toodyay Friends of the River & Toodyay Naturalists Club
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 P: 9574 5574

Terry Potts
Alternate Gidgegannup Progress Association
 M: 0437 207 933


The Momentum Continues to Grow

The Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day was just perfect, the weather was perfect, the crowd was outstanding and the ground swell of support and momentum against bauxite mining in the Avon and Hills continues to grow.

AHMAG would like to thank everyone involved in the planning and implementation of such a wonderful event.

During the day we had people lining up to sign petitions against BAJV / BRL's plans to open cut bauxite mine a mere 10 minutes from Gidgegannup.

Many people were asking where the BAJV stand was, as they wanted to give them a piece of their mind, but they were not there.

Thanks again to the AHMAG Army for pitching in to man the stand, collect signatures and for helping with the pack up.

In case you were wondering where the No Bauxite trailer was.
"On the Corner of course".

"Together we are being Heard"


Landcruiser Ute Stolen

In broad day light between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm on the 20th of May 2015, the HZJ75 Landcruiser ute that tows the No bauxite mining Here sign was stolen from the corner of Jingaling Brook and Toodyay Rd in Morangup, where the trailer was parked on display. The trailer was unhooked, the side window broken and the ignition ripped out and thrown in the paddock.

It was obvious that the person or persons who stole the ute wanted to leave a strong message, as rather than cut the fence like they did some 6 or so weeks ago when they tried to steal the No bauxite mining Here trailer, they drove down the paddock and rammed through a set of double gates that were chained and locked, this would have caused considerable damage to the ute, given the damage to the gates.

The ute and trailer are pretty well known in the area and were most recently seen at the Wundowie Iron Festival last Sunday and the ute is used to carry equipment for AHMAG to different venues such as the Perth Garden Festival and would have been used this weekend to help the setup of the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day.

The message we would like to send out is this, YOU can the trailer, YOU can steal the ute, but we will never be silent until BAJV and BRL are stopped from mining HERE and leave the Hills and the Avon Valley.


Breaking News

BRL and Yangkuang Resources (BAJV) are having a dispute in relation to a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) to build a refinery in the region and BRL have issued a Dispute Notice to Yangkuang Resources to gain more funding. This is more proof that BRL intend to build a Refinery somewhere in our region, but are relying on the Chinese for the funding.


Wundowie Iron Festival

BAJV were there with bells on doing the fast food style campaign by running yet another competition for kids to draw parents into their tent, hoping to win them over. All the toys in the world will not change the destruction to farmland, the environment and the effects that will be felt by communities living near such an invasive mining operation.

In reality the day was wild, windy and wet, but that didn't stop hordes of people throughout the day from stopping by to sign parliamentary petitions against the proposal by BRL / BAJV to open cut strip mine bauxite within a couple of km's from the town centre of beautiful Wundowie.

AHMAG would like to thank all involved with the organisation of the Wundowie Iron Festival and encourage more exhibitors to attend next year because it was a great day, but as we all know, no one can control the weather.

The beautiful new Mauravillo Estate on Golf links Rd is likely to be impacted beyond belief if the Felicitas and the Fortuna mines get the green light, as over time they will be affected on 3 sides.

Help us help you and become actively involved to STOP these proposals before it is to late.


What a Night

The first ever AHMAG quiz night held in the Morangup Community Hall was a HUGE success. It was great to see so many likeminded people just having fun, which has helped raise much needed funds to combat the onslaught of the would be miners BAJV / BRL.

AHMAG would once again like to thank everyone who made the night a huge success:

• Extra special thanks goes to the new Quiz QUEENS Erica and Tania for donating their time and the wining table prizes. If you would like a couple of Brilliant young ladies to run your Quiz Night, contact AHMAG with your details and we will pass them onto the girls.

• A Special thanks to everyone who donated prizes and given the amount of prizes donated, it appeared that someone from nearly every table got to choose a prize.

• Thanks to the AHMAG Army who helped to organise the event, then with the setup of the Hall and again with the clean up.
We hope that everyone had lots of FUN and that we will see you all again when we organise the next one.


Another Hot Copper Thread

We just found this on Hot Copper, it was a comment made after the Today Tonight segment that went to air.

The comment was able to be said about our concerned community because Today Tonight would not allow AHMAG to muster our community together for the shoot to show their support, as we were told we were only allowed to have 15 or so people at the shoot. Today Tonight "Did not want to be seen to incite a riot" Because of that we were unable to stand together as a community and this is how we were seen by some.

We are all conditioned by governments and politicians that Communities, Environmental groups and the like need to work with the mining proponents to get better outcomes, both for the communities and the Environment where mining is proposed.

This may well be the case when talking about mining in the Pilbara on pastoral leases and Crown land, but we are HERE in Morangup where we have 900 residents some within a few hundred meters of the proposed mine. Then there are the people who live in Wooroloo and Wundowie and the buyers in the new Mauravillo Estate on Golf inks Rd, we all sit in the Darling Scarp along Perth's Hills and we must work against BAJV and BRL not with them, as this proposal is both Environmentally and Socially irresponsible.

Imagine the impact we could have if we all band together to have many loud voices against mining HERE. The best way to protect what we have is to "STOP" the mines not accept them with conditions. If you value the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley and do not wish to see mining companies moving across our landscape like a cancer, then "SAY SOMETHING", support AHMAG before it is too late. Like us or hate us, we have no other agenda other than the protection of our drinking water, our ground water, our way of life the environment, our property values and everything else that we all moved here for.

"It is not one thing it is everything".

We can say NO to Bauxite Mining, all we have to do is speak !!!.


See the discussion on Hot Copper..


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