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Don’t forget to read : "In the Press" for all current and past bauxite articles covered by the Toodyay Herald!!!

Opposed to Bauxite Mining in the Perth Hills

Then Don't Miss The Darlington Meeting

Saturday 22nd August 2015, 3 - 5pm. See you there.

Petition Presented

AHMAG would like to thank everyone who ventured into Parliament House today for the Presentation of over 3,600 signatures to Greens MLC Robin Chapple.

The AHMAG Army have worked tirelessly to collect the huge number of signatures and every signature has been treated like GOLD. Thanks to each and every person who has signed the petition. 

We would like to say a special thank you to Clair Medhurst from R4RM who previously went to war with BAJV / BRL in Bindoon, along with Vince Puccio and John from the CAPS group in Yarloop for travelling to Parliament House today in support of AHMAG for the occasion.

Thanks also to Peter Robinson from the Wilderness Society, you guys do such a great job.

The AHMAG army have been fighting in the trenches now for just on 12 months, but we know our fight has only just begun.

With your support we CAN and WILL drive BAJV / BRL out of the Darling Scarp, the Perth Hills and Avon Valley.

If you have not yet signed the petition we still have time to collect more signatures which can be added to the current petition.

So email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of the AHMAG Army will organize a time to meet with you.

"Together We Are Being Heard"

AHMAG

Make A Diary Note

Come and show your support

At 9:30 am on the 11th of August 2015 on the steps of Parliament House Harvest Terrace West Perth, AHMAG will be presenting thousands of signed petitions to Greens Senator Robin Chappel.

The petitions are against the proposals to mine bauxite HERE in Morangup, Wooroloo, Wundowie, the Perth Hills and Avon Valley.

Come along and show your support, not only for all of the hard work that has been done by AHMAG collecting the mass of signatures, but for each and every person who does not want invasive bauxite mining in the Perth Hills and Avon Valley.

Together We Will Be Heard.

AHMAG

AHMAG Army Back In The Trenches

The Gods saved another Avon Descent by sending down much needed rain to boost the water levels in the Avon, while clearing the skies so that everyone could enjoy the event in our very own picture perfect Toodyay town site.

Toodyay was bustling with locals and visitors were everywhere and for the few short hours that the AHMAG Army were in town, there was a continuous stream of people signing petitions in opposition to the BAJV / BRL plans to open cut bauxite mine HERE.

Before stopping for some well deserved R&R some of the AHMAG army stopped into cobblers pool and the well known bauxite trailer could be seen parked on private property opposite the main gate of the campsite area.

We have busy times ahead with the Northam Ag Show in September and the Toodyay and Gidgegannup shows both in October.

We will continue to create awareness in areas that will be affected by the BAJV / BRL proposals and we thank everyone who has stopped by to sign our parliamentary petitions.

"Together we will be heard"

AHMAG

So many Questions, But so few Answers

Different people have asked many questions on the BAJV face book page, but a large portion of those questions still remain unanswered.

Here are some of those questions:

• How is the dispute going with Yangkuang Resources (BAJV) and Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) over funding for the Felicitas Project and a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) to build a Refinery?

No Answer!

• When will BAJV / BRL be referring these projects to the EPA?

No Answer!

• Have the Funding issues with the Chinese caused the delays in referring the projects to the EPA?

No Answer!

• What does it cost to build a refinery?

No Answer!

• How long would it take to build a Refinery?

No Answer!

• Given BAJV / BRL have been talking about building a refinery since 2009, what is the preferred location for a refinery?

No Answer!

• How many Morangup residents have applied to be part of the BAJV / BRL bauxite mining community advisory group (BMCAG)?

No Answer!

• How many Morangup residents have applied for jobs for the proposed Felicitas / BRL mines?
 
No Answer!

• Given the bauxite in the Felicitas Resource and the Fortuna Resource are both low grade, how many tonnes of bauxite needs to be refined to produce 2 tonnes of Alumina from these proposed mines?

No Answer!

• How exactly will BAJV/ BRL stop invisible dust ... the dust that is so fine you can't see it, (which is the most dangerous), but causes problems for children, older people, and asthmatics?

No Answer!

• Assuming BAJV / BRL are going to be noise and dust conscious, will the rail siding, crushing facilities, and conveyors all be fully covered / enclosed to stop noise and dust?

No Answer!

•  Will there be compensation for the local residents who live on the boundary of the proposed mine?
No Answer!

• Will there be compensation for owners who are losing value to their properties due to the prospect of mining in the area?

We know that BAJV / BRL constantly watch the AHMAG FB page and website, so AHMAG invite them to answer the above questions on our FB page.

Will there be an answer to these questions?
Watch this space, but we expect there will be

No Answer!

AHMAG

Buying Property - Established or Vacant Land

"Don't gamble with your life savings and Insist on a Property Interest Report (PIR)"

Tell your Real Estate Agent / Developer that you want a property Interest Report. If your Agent or Developer is reluctant to supply you with one, then contact Landgate and do one yourself.

Why do you need one?

A property Interest Report will provide you with important information that may contain material facts that could impact on the property and COULD SAVE YOU TENS OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

What sort of interests are stated in the report?

Mining Tenements / titles
Basic raw material zones (Quarries)
Bush forever areas
Contaminated sites
Road widening
100 year flood plain areas
Ground Water Salinity
Mosquito - borne disease risk
Water corporation infrastructure
Western power infrastructure
Acid sulphate soils, just to mention a few

There are 85 known interests in Western Australia, most of which are created by Government legislation, policies and guidelines. Landgate’s Property Interest Report currently holds details for 68 of these interests and can tell you which of these will apply to the property you are looking to purchase.

The information about different types of interests will vary considerably, depending on the location of the property.

Don't leave anything to chance, people have already bought property in the Morangup area who were not told about the proposed Felicitas (BAJV) or the Fortuna (BRL) mines.

One young couple will look directly onto a mine site and a hill that is only a few hundred meters away. It is covered in huge trees, forms part of the proposed Felicitas mine and is earmarked for destruction.

This young family stand to lose a considerable amount of value on their property, not to mention the effects that mining WILL have on their lifestyle if and when mining gets the green light.

Imagine owning a home where you live across the road, or close to a full blown mining operation, that runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Dust, contaminated rain water, 24/7 noise, light pollution, the list just goes on and on.

Information is "KING". Do your homework and don't get caught out.

AHMAG

http://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au

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

AHMAG

http://www.hardingham.com.au/index.php/about/company

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"

AHMAG

https://www.facebook.com/BauxiteAlumina/videos/1412842452282185/

 

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

AHMAG

http://www.yankuanggroup.com.cn/node_6388.htm

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.

AHMAG

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. www.bauxitemining.com.au

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"

AHMAG

Beware

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.

REFINERY LOCATIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED???

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.

AHMAG

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"

AHMAG

CAPS website link: http://caps6218.org.au/about-us/

Latest Post on BAJV's FB page

The latest post on BAJV's FB page provides this link: www.bauxitemining.com.au/ 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
Morangup
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 M: 0401 000 201
 
Len Anderson
Morangup & Business Proprietor.
 M: 0417 178 548

Toni Burbidge
Co-ordinator Environment, Shire of Mundaring
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 P: 9290 6675

Chris Davidson
Wundowie & Business Proprietor
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 M: 0427 387 686
 
Sean Luke
Toodyay Tradesman
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 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
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 P: 9574 0086 / 0432 720 144

Richard Wilkinson
Avon Valley Environmental Society
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 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
 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 P: 9574 5574

Terry Potts
Alternate Gidgegannup Progress Association
 M: 0437 207 933

AHMAG

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