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Toodyay Ag Show 2016

AHMAG would like to thank the Toodyay Agricultural Society for organizing another great show and for always allowing our group to create awareness and inform others as to where mining is proposed in our region.

Even though it rained on and off for most of the day, we had a steady flow of people signing our new petition against Yankuang’s plans to open cut mine for bauxite in the Avon and Hills region within 100 km from Perth’s C.B.D.

Yankuang did not attend this year’s event but were still a major sponsor, which merely confirms their intention to progress with mining here when economic conditions improve in China.

Given there are some 270,000,000 million tonnes of bauxite that has been identified so far in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo in both the Fortuna and Felicitas resources, these proposed mines will continue to remain high on their list of future mines and proposals that they will NEVER willingly walk away from.

With Bauxite resource limited (BRL) obtaining 2 new tenements in the area, one in Julimar and the other in Wundowie either side of the existing resources, there is little doubt that many more millions of tonnes of bauxite will be identified by BRL and their new JV partners, being Chinese State owned HD mining.

A very big thank you to Dave, Hope, Ieva, Shan and Diana for helping out on the day and a reminder to those of you who could not come to the Toodyay show, we will do it all again at the Gidgegannup show on the 29th of October.

AHMAG

Yankuang sponsors the 163rd Toodyay Agricultural Show

2016 is now known as the year that one of Chinas’ largest State owned coal mining giants, being Yankuang Group became sole owners of the Fortuna and Felicitas bauxite resources, along with many other tenements here in the Shires of Toodyay, Northam Mundaring and Swan.

This happened when the joint venture between Yankuang and ASX listed company Bauxite resource limited (BRL), who were trading as Bauxite alumina joint ventures, (BAJV) decided to part company after not being able to reconcile a long running dispute, over a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) to build a refinery in the region.

This saw BAJV terminated and the birth of another 100% Yankuang subsidiary, Yankuang bauxite resources, who bought out BRL’s interest in the JV. BAJV was terminated early in 2016, but not before an agreement was struck to pay BRL 50 cents per tonne for the first 100,000,000 tonnes that is mined, if and when, Yankuang are able to get approvals to mine the Felicitas and Fortuna resources.

This left a strong and binding relationship between BRL and Yankuang.

In July and August this year BRL were granted 2 new tenements, one in Julimar and another one which covers the town site of Wundowie and all the way down to the Inkpen nature reserve. Both of which could also end up being 100% owned by the Chinese at some point in the future.

Yankuang is one of 8 entities this year who is sponsoring the Toodyay Ag Show, only this time it is not by way of a joint venture with an ASX listed company, but under the Chinese name of Yankuang Bauxite Resources.

It is anyone's guess as to how big this could all become, but one thing is for sure, it will not be good for anyone who owns property or lives close to these proposed sites, or for any business in Toodyay that relies on tourism as a major source of income.

AHMAG will be at the show collecting signatures on our new petitions and handing out flyers against plans by Yankuang to open cut mine for bauxite in Toodyay and other shires in this region and we would like to invite you to drop in and see us, sign a petition and for a gold coin donation you can pick up one of our No Bauxite Mining Here bumper stickers.

Come and say hello this Saturday the 8th of October, we will be at bay A1 near the monster ball rides, we look forward to seeing you there.

AHMAG

Gidgegannup’s Draft Local Area Plan (GDLAP) touches on mining

Under the Content heading of a July 2016 Draft Gidgegannup Local Area plan (page 10 Item 2.1) the Swan Shire identifies bauxite / alumina as a valuable resource in the Gidgegannup region.

The GDLAP also touches on issues that are associated with mining and or extractive industries and they are:

  • Dust: Air – dust mentioned. Item 6.1.8 
  • Noise: From mining activities to the north east of Gidgy. Item 6.1.9
  • Increased traffic: On both road and Rail. Item 6.1.9
  • Rail: 50% increase in rail movements. Item 7.82
  • Key Issues: Page 40 Table 5.Potential loss of biodiversity & the emphasis on the need to consider the significance of the environment and assets of the ‘Hills’ lifestyle, page 40 Table 5.
  • Limited sustainable water, also page 40 Table 5.(Opinion - mining would contribute to this).

It is also important to note that the City of Swan conducted a Transport Strategy in 2014, where it was identified that there will be growth in rail movements by up to 50% in the next 10 years.

Without seeing a copy of the Transport strategy, it can only be assumed that much of the growth would more than likely come from mining along the Brookfield rail network north east of Gidgegannup.

The mention of mining in a DRAFT Local Area plan merely reinforces the very real threat of open cut bauxite mining here in the Avon and Hills region.

Current tenement holders of the Felicitas and Fortuna resources Yankuang bauxite resources, will no doubt try to mine these and other tenements to the north east of Gidgy at some point in the future and this DRAFT local area plan, merely allows provision for that to happen and should fly a bright RED flag in the face of everyone who lives here.

We must all remain vigilant and steadfast against mining here, or the potential issues listed, plus many more, WILL one day become our reality.

To view and read the Draft Gidgegannup Local Area plan click here.

Some readers may take a different view point, but AHMAG report it as we see it.

AHMAG

Julimar Area (Toodyay) Now Under Threat

Check out the Toodyay Herald by clicking here.

Up until now the threat of low margin low quality bauxite strip mining has been focused on the areas of Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo with a proposed mine life of some 25 years being spruiked by the mining proponents, if and when approvals are ever granted to mine here.

Add a couple of other tenements in the Julimar area also owned by BRL, which they will no doubt try to turn into a resource by conducting further exploration, and the Toodyay Shire COULD be known as the bauxite mining capital of the Avon Valley and mining could be here for decades to come.

You can sign our new petition against "Bulk Commodity" mining within 100 Km of Perths C.B.D, by visiting our website www.ahmag.com.au

AHMAG

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Warning. Warning. Warning

Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) are back in the game.

After BRL selling their previous interests in both the Felictas and Fortuna resources earlier in the year to Yankuang, on the 10th of August 2016, BRL were granted a new Exploration Tenement E70/3537, which takes in the old Boral quarry and part of the disused road that services it. The road runs from Morangup Rd to the quarry passing the Yankuang weather station on the way.

The tenement crosses the Avon River and heads toward Julimar Rd, but not before heading west, in what is discribed as a rail corridor, that follows the rail line toward Quarry Rd deep into the Avon Valley National Park (AVNP).

If and when Yankuang are able to get a mine approved, this new tenement will play a vital role in providing access to the now dilapidated (Old Boral )rail siding, which would be upgraded to accommodate a load out facility right next door to the Avon river and surrounded by the AVNP.

The rail corridor in this new tenement, links the Felicitas and Fortuna resources to vital infrastructure, which now sits on mining tenements that the proponents (BRL) will probably try to sell to Yankuang, or may try to ride off their back, if and when Yankuang are able to get a mine up and running.
BRL's share price on Hot Copper jumped a few cents since the tenement was granted, but nothing has appeared on their website.

We can no longer sleep on this issue, we must band together in opposition of these proposals, or one day we will wake up next door to a mine site and all of the negative impacts associated with it.

We have State elections in March next year, so lets make this an election issue.

AHMAG


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New Mobile Sign

AHMAG would like to thank our supporters who have donated their time, money and materials to help us build another mobile sign.

The threat of open cut bauxite mining here in Morangup, Woorolloo and Wundowie may have subsided for now, but make no mistake about it, Yankuang have not gone away and neither have we.

The fight will continue to halt these outrageous plans to open cut mine bauxite here in the Perth Hills and the Avon catchment and with your help we can and will WIN.

We are also working on a short documentary, so keep an eye out for its future release.

AHMAG

 

It’s amazing what can be found if you look behind the Curtain

Yankuang Group, China's fourth largest state-owned resources company, who own Yankuang Bauxite Resources and Yancoal are diversifying into cattle among other things.

The article below is probably one of the most unsettling stories that we have reported on to date, given that when Yankuang Resources were in partnership with Bauxite Resource Limited as BAJV their slogan in Bindoon was "Beef and Bauxite".

With the Mauravillo estate being sandwiched between Lake Glesna and Cheddaring farm, which have recently been sold to Singaporean / Chinese investors, it could well be the start of acquisitions that on the surface may merely look like farming enterprises for cattle production, but throw the "Beef and Bauxite" slogan into the mix and we could all be in a whole lot of trouble.

If you hear of farms being sold to Chinese investors in Morangup, Wundowie or Woorolloo, please let us know, as we all need to stay vigilant and with your help we can.

AHMAG

AFR Weekend: Chinese coal giant turns to Australian beef in search of growth


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AHMAG army back in the trenches

Two of our AHMAG army members David and Hope Jones look set to be regulars in the Woolworths arcade in Mundaring, where they will be collecting signatures on AHMAG’s new petition that asks our state government not to approve new bulk commodity mines within 100km from Perth’s C.B.D.

If you would like to sign our new petition, then keep an eye open for them, we are sure they would love to see you again, or meet you for the first time.

AHMAG

 

Water Under Threat

Probably the single biggest threat to our existence here in this beautiful part of Western Australia is the loss and contamination of our ground water and contamination of our rain water supplies, by Land fill operators and mining companies.

If we are not prepared to protect our precious and fragile water supplies from the scourge of companies that are only concerned about their own monetary interests, while completely disregarding the interests of our communities and our right to clean water, then what type of message are we sending to our kids and our grandchildren?

We must unite and fight.

AHMAG

Chuffed Campaign: Our Water Resources

Protect the Darling Range's fragile water resources which supply Perth to Kalgoorlie against exploitation and ruin. Join us to raise awareness, change legislation and protect our water future.

 

Enough is Enough

Sometimes mining should never be considered and tenements should be cancelled in areas where people’s lifestyles and property values would be put at considerable risk if approvals were to be granted.

The magnificent Mauravillo Private Estate near Wundowie will be right in the firing line and surrounded on 3 sides, if and when the Felicitas and Fortuna resources are ever developed by the People's Republic of China.

With the new buyers in Mauravillo, coupled with the 900 residents already living in Morangup, it will take the number of residents within close proximity to these outrageous proposals to over 1,000 people.

Together we can and will be heard, but we must speak out.

State elections are now just around the corner in March 2017, so let’s make some noise!
 
AHMAG

 

Alcoa Bauxite Shipment Is Dangerous For Our Communities

It has long been said that the only way to make money out of Darling Range bauxite was to refine it locally. That reason alone left many people sitting on the fence in regard to whether or not a Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) operation would ever get off the ground here in the Toodyay, Northam and Mundaring shires.

For many years Alcoa have mined bauxite from the Huntley and Willowdale mines soley to feed their 3 hungry alumina refinieries at Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup.

Part of the original State agreement signed with the State Government and Alcoa meant that mining and refining would go hand in hand to employ many West Australian workers.

Last year the Premier Colin Barnett (the then minister for mines) granted approval for Alcoa to export 500,000 tonnes of bauxite for trial refining in Asian refineries.

It was reported in the West today that a ship sitting in Kwinana has been loaded with 47,000 tonnes of bauxite and will ship out within days. Destination China.

If Alcoa can find a market for low grade bauxite of between 27 - 31% Al203 content (Which is the same as the grade found here), then the chance of Yankuang operating a DSO operation here from the Felicitas and Fortuna resources looks more and more feasible.

Are we actually going to allow this to happen HERE???

AHMAG


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Guess who’s listed as a sponsor at the Toodyay Show for 2016?

“Yankuang Bauxite Resourses” complete with the Yancoal logo.

If you thought they were gone, then think again.

The 100% Chinese state-owned company looks set to make a return to Toodyay in October at the ag show. In what form is yet to be seen, but not so long ago they were here doing exploration and trading under the now terminated name BAJV which was a JV 70% owned by Yankuang Resources and 30% by BRL.

The promise of jobs had our shire completely blinded by their misguided views that mining would somehow save Toodyay, the question was always, from what?

At the peak of the push to mine here it created much unrest in our communities with Morangup smack bang in the firing line and now the new Mauravillo estate looks set to be heavily impacted if both the Felicitas and Fortuna mines become operational.

What type of propaganda will they have in store for us at this years show?

How many jobs will they promise?

How close will they be working with the Toodyay Shire?

Thanks to the M.6 mining policy council can continue to converse with mining companies without ever being questioned by their own constituents in relation to what is proposed here by mining companies.

90% of the resource sits on land owned by Peter Cook, who was previously quoted as saying he had made no deals with the Chinese, but if they came to him with a suitable deal to purchase his 20,000 plus acres of land, then he would sit down and negotiate.

Are talks once again underway?

It seems that straight answers are still hard to come by, but one thing is for sure, Chinese / Singaporean investors are buying up farms in the area, the Toodyay Shire where most of the resource is located now has the M.6 mining policy to eliminate being questioned by us their constituents, Yangkuang Bauxite Resources are sponsoring the Toodyay Show and our problems look set to reamerge.

What side of the fence will you sit on when the Chinese come back to town???

AHMAG

 

Tasmania and Bald Hill

Last month while holidaying in Tasmania I was driving along the Midland Highway towards Hobart and about 8 kilometers out of Campbell Town I could see huge red mounds on the ridge line.

Before long it became clear I was looking at stock piles that had been pushed up from Tasmania’s first ever bauxite mine “Bald Hill”.

I knew that Australian Bauxite Limited had been granted approval in late 2014 to operate the first new bauxite mine in Australia in over 35 years, but I did not know where the mine was actually located. That was until the stockpiles appeared as an obvious blight on Tasmania’s landscape.

Curious as to what locals thought of bauxite mining close to their town, I visited a few of the local shops including the local council licensing agency. I asked each person what the red mounds were on the ridgeline on the way into town and everyone was oblivious to the fact that a bauxite mine had started literally under their noses.

When I asked the council employee where the local Shire Council building was, I was told that it was in Longford, some 45 minutes drive from Campbell Town. One could assume that this coupled with poor community consultation from Australian Bauxite could be the reason that locals knew nothing about bauxite mining on the door step of their own town.

Given the initial information vacuum that occurred in the Toodyay shire, with no information coming out of our shire and little to none coming out of BAJV / BRL (Tenements now 100% owned by Yangkuang Bauxite Resources) I was not surprised to find out that locals knew nothing about Bald Hill.

In fact after speaking to people from other towns around Tassie no one knew that a bauxite mine had started operating on the Island.

Further investigations uncovered an article written by Rachel Dally-Watkins who writes for Australian Mining Review, Australian Bauxite Limited managing director Ian Levy was quoted in the article as saying “Australian Bauxite have a company policy that no matter what the law, we will never go where we are not invited and we will only operate where we are welcome”.

I guess that only applies when people know you are there in the first place.

However, his statement only further cements what we already know, “and that is” mining companies do require a social license to operate. If we are to successfully oppose bauxite mining here, then we must never allow a social license to exist.

Those who do not wish to speak out within our communities and wish to remain silent, merely enable mining companies like these to get a foothold where they are not wanted.

The only way to stop bauxite mining here is for everyone to find their voice, because if we don't, we know what the Chinese government have planned for us.

Brian Dale

 

Weather Station In Morangup

At the height of the push from BAJV / BRL to set up working bauxite mines here, a weather station was installed on the corner of Morangup Rd and the old Boral quarry road that runs to the Avon River, along side the Morangup Timber Reserve.

With the termination of BAJV and the re-badging of their Facebook page and part of the website to the newly named entity Yankuang Bauxite Resources, YBR became 100% owners of this asset.

The weather station is still fully operational collecting and sending live and current data back to YBR in readiness for a future referral to the EPA, as part of the approval process to mine.

Click on the following link which will take you to the partly renamed BAJV website, where you can see what data is being collected.

Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures: Daily Weather Summary

Yankuang Bauxite Resources Pty Ltd

Our fight is not over by a long shot, it is merely on hold.

We all need to regroup, stay vigilant and get ready for one hell of a fight!!!

AHMAG

 

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