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AHMAG supports responsible mining

It has recently been said by BAJV that AHMAG, the MPA and the Morangup community are a group of anti-mining aggressors and that if they were to attend a community meeting with us, that they would be confronted with an angry mob.

Well, let us set the record straight once and for all. 0ur group completely understands the need for responsible mining in all areas of the resource sector and providing that is done correctly and responsibly, then we fully support it.

There are a number of residents in our community who still derive their incomes from the mining sector and members of AHMAG have worked for mining companies, but we do not and will not support an exploration company that proposes to open cut mine an area, of around 65 square km on our door step

We have all spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on our lifestyle properties and they are not cheap to maintain, but we do it as a labour of love, not only for our lifestyles, but the nature and wildlife that we share our lives with.

The residents that call Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo home are mostly second or third home owners who have had to work hard from humble beginnings with our first homes, to be in a position to purchase a rural property this close to the metro area.

Rural properties in these areas are much more expensive than properties that are an hour or more from Midland and the metro area, as we are surrounded by hills, valleys and prime farm land and the wildlife and nature is incredible, therefore you pay a premium for those attributes.

If we had thought for a second that one day down the track a company called BAJV / BRL would come into our part of the world, which is on the door step of the metro area and announce that they had plans to mine a 65 square km open-cut bauxite mine, we never would have invested our life savings here.

We now know that under a State agreement Alcoa could have at any stage come into our back yard and done what BAJV / BRL are proposing, but due to the close proximity to the metro area and the number of people here, they found it to be socially unacceptable and so do we.

Why are BAJV here???

BAJV see our area as a cheap mining option given we are close to the rail line which is next to the Avon River.

We ask this question: Why should BAJV or any other company be able to come into our back yard and destroy our lifestyles, our farm land, our water supplies, our flora and fauna, all because it is cheap mining??? This is NOT Responsible mining, it is all about profits, as there is bauxite everywhere.

Does this mean we are an anti-mining Group or community??? No it does not!!!!

AHMAG

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Residents meeting 22 Nov 2014

AHMAG would like to thank the Toodyay Councillors, CEO and Nationals MLA Shane Love, along with all members of the Morangup Community who attended the Residents meeting on Saturday the 22nd of November.

It was no surprise that the main issue of discussion on the day was the Proposed Bauxite mine that could potentially affect all of our lifestyles and property values, Councils possible involvement in relation to a BAJV run CAG and the lack of council representation in regard to mining and other issues.

With around 115 Residents in the Community Hall Council were finally able to see how many people are opposed to a bauxite mine of our door step and were reminded that our numbers are growing.

Only time will tell if council intend to listen to our community, but one thing is for certain and that is, council left under no illusions as to the sentiment in Morangup and our opposition to bauxite mining in our back yard.

We can’t stress the point enough to all who attended and everyone that couldn’t make it on the day, that this is just the beginning of our fight, Shane Love reinforced what we have already been saying and that is if enough people come together as ONE, governments do listen!!!.

Remember “You are not alone and together we will be heard”.

AHMAG

Notice of residents meeting


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Thank you everyone who attended

AHMAG would like to thank everyone who attended the Council Forum on the 12th November, where the issue was discussed which relates to the Toodyay Shire being part of a Community Advisory Group (CAG). There were around 30 people in the public Gallery who witnessed a number of the Councillors voicing strong opinions on different points of view, but AHMAG believe our elected members are finally starting to listen.

It was however no surprise that the CEO who is also the OFFICER, is still maintaining his stance on the importance of himself and the Shire President being part of the CAG, but the CEO is a council advisor and our elected members will make the final decision.

AHMAG

Save our Water Supply!

The Regal Hill Water Supply Inc. was established  in 1990.

The Shire of Toodyay instructed a Real Estate Development Company ( the 'Developer') to install a non-potable supply of water for the building of homes, and for the residents safety, as we live in a heavily forested location with clearing restrictions, (zoned rural residential) we are prone to fire.  The 'Developer' did install a water supply and an Association of residents was formed to maintain the supply of non- potable water to the 60+ lots in the Regal Hill subdivision.  

Over the last 24 years, residents, on a voluntary basis, have kept the system alive, using the expertise of many volunteers.  Our water supply is a common link with the residents here, creating a social network that has developed over the past years.  An annual fee for the maintenance of equipment applies.

FACT:
We have a water supply with a Reservoir capacity of 120m x 100m x 7m = estimated to supply 13 weeks or 100days of water to 47-50 allotments annually.  We supply 2000lt daily to landowners, who use this water to supplement their rain water; it is also used in their septic systems, to water gardens, for animals, and to wash and clean etc.

FACT: 
This water supply is of great benefit to the residents of Regal Hill. We source water under licence from Morangup Brook, Jingaling Brook, Black Swamp Brook, Black Swamp, Red Swamp and Red Brook.  Should the water system diminish due to the activities of mining upstream, our Water Supply will be made obsolete. The entire efforts of a small dedicated community over 24 years will be wasted.

Therefore on behalf of the residents of Regal Hill I ask that any applications to mine Bauxite in the heart of our water systems be rejected.

Further info please visit our website: regalhillwatersupply.com.au 

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Council Meeting 28th of October 2014

At the Toodyay shire Council meeting held on the 28th of October 2014, Item 9.5.3 showed a request from BAJV for council members to be part of a community Advisory Group (CAG) and Stan Scott being the “OFFICER” recommended the following:

OFFICER'S RECOMMENDATION

That Council:

  1. Nominate the Shire President and the CEO to participate on the Bauxite Alumina Joint Venture (BAJV) Community Advisory Group;
  2. Note that the purpose of participation is keep Council informed and to represent the community’s interests and does not indicate a position either in favour of or against the anticipated mining proposal.

Due to previous emails sent to councillors and around a dozen angry Morangup Residents in the Public Gallery, 

Cr Madacsi moved a motion as follows:

  • That this item be deferred to a Concept Forum. 

Clarification was sought. Cr Dow moved an amendment as follows:

  • That the word “Concept” be removed.

Cr Madacsi accepted the amendment.

COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO 313/10/14

Moved Cr Madacsi that:

  1. This item be deferred to the next available Forum; and
  2. The discussion should not be strictly limited to the discussion of the community advisory group.

MOTION CARRIED 9/0

What this all means is that the Toodyay council will hold a Forum on the 11th of November 2014 at the council chambers. In this Forum the public can attend and all councillors can speak freely, but the Public can have no input whatsoever.

On the 11th of November 2014 at 4pm, AHMAG would like to see as many Morangup & Toodyay Residents in the public Gallery as possible, to show that we do not want any members of council, CEO or otherwise to be on a CAG being chosen by BAJV, run by BAJV, for BAJV.

"Our council need to remain completely neutral". 

Toodyay Herald - Nov 2014

  • Shire in quandary over bauxite mining protests (front page)
  • Mexican stand-off over proposed bauxite mine (page 2)
  • Toodyay Herald - From the Editor (page 4)
  • A modest proposal - Letter to the Editor (page 4)

View or download the PDF: Toodyay Herald - November 2014 - Part 1

Scoping Study Diagram

The Following Scoping Study Diagram was Taken from BRL’s AGM Presentation that was given to shareholders and it relates to the bauxite movement from the proposed mine sites at Fortuna and Felicitas near Wundowie to the proposed rail siding at the Avon River.

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Residents Meeting at Wundowie Community Hall

AHMAG would like to thank the 50 residents of Wundowie and Wooroloo who attended the Residents meeting held in the Wundowie Community Hall on Saturday the 25th of October.

It was a great turn out given the short notice that was given and when the question was asked as to whom supported mining in our back yard, there was a resounding 95% No vote from within the hall.

AHMAG Residents Meeting at Wundowie Community Hall
We know there will always be people, who believe that mining will bring jobs and people to the area and one attendee mentioned that the mine will attract more families to Wundowie and children will attend the school, we respect those views, but we believe that Land subdivisions like the new Mauravillo Estate, along with the land opposite that has also been re -zoned for subdivision, will bring families and kids to attend the Wundowie school, but if both the Fortuna and Felicitas mine get up and running in the next couple of years, the impact on that new estate will be devastating, as it will be almost surrounded by open cut bauxite mining.

That’s why we believe the negative impact on all of our lifestyles and property values will well and truly out way any perceived benefits....

AHMAG would once again like to point out, that like most people in our communities, our group IS NOT ANTI - MINING, we just do not want mining in our back yard and we feel pretty confident that Bill Moss the CEO of BAJV and Peter Canterbury the CEO of BRL will not be selling their properties any time soon to move into the Mauravillo Estate to be surrounded by both the Fortuna and Felicitas Resource.

We have spoken to a number of FIFO workers in our community that all say the same thing: “We go away to work on a mine site because that’s where the BIG money is and you can’t earn that type of money around here and we rely on mining for our income. The reason we purchased our properties in this area is because we are in the country, yet close to the city and there is no mining!!!. We do not want mining in our kids back yard”.

Enough Said

AHMAG

AHMAG Notice - October 2014

Download the full PDF: AHMAG Notice - October 2014

Info Note # 4 - Making an EPA Submission

Full article

Making a Public Submission under the WA Environmental Approvals process

Summary

Projects that may have a significant impact on the environment are assessed by the EPA under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA).

So you want to have a say about bauxite mining in the Avon and Hills area…. Where to from here?

Stage 1

Keep an eye on the EPA website to see if proposed bauxite mining projects have been referred to the EPA: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/ (or you can subscribe to the EPA’s automatic notification service on the website) and make a submission.

Stage 2

Wait for the EPA’s announcement to see what level of assessment has been set…. And then we’ll tackle Stage 2 – we will provide more information on Stage 2 in the future, stay tuned to www.ahmag.com.au

Info Note #3 - EPA consultation and public comment

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) undertakes a range of consultative processes relating to proposals being assessed.

All opportunities for public comment and submissions are published on the EPA's consultation hub at https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au 

You can subscribe to be notified when new EPA items are published by:

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