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AHMAG remains action-ready

TO KEEP non-members up to speed about AHMAG activities over the past year, we are publishing an edited version of our newsletter.

We are currently in caretaker mode and keeping an eye on the mining tenements. It takes too long to re-establish the organisation if mining activity accelerates and our association intends to stay action-ready.

Most residents believe that Yankuang Bauxite Resources Ltd has given up on the proposal to mine 62km2 in Morangup/Wooroloo but this is not true. Yankuang’s bauxite tenements are still ‘live’ and they include Julimar and Hoddys Well in Toodyay. Other companies, Lithium Australia, Northam Iron Pty Ltd and Australian Vanadium have ‘pending’ and ‘live’ tenements in the Avon Valley for lithium, iron ore and vanadium which are also strip mined.

The AHMAG committee is now in its fifth year and members have come and done their bit and moved on as their circumstances change. A huge thankyou to Sandra Harms, Jeanette Appleby, Rosemary Madacsi, Jo and Phil Hart and Heather Appleby for their valuable contributions and on-going support.

This year we have continued to fundraise to cover insurance, event fees and build a small reserve for publicity for when mining reactivates. We have also run two wood raffles, sold plants, attended swap meets and four agricultural shows where we have come to know most local State and Federal MPs. Each month we publish columns in The Toodyay Herald and Gidgegram which are then re-posted on our website and Facebook page to keep the public informed on what’s happening in the local area. We are also keeping an eye on Swan Gravel/Trico Resources’ proposal to extract 900,000 tonnes of gravel a year at Lot 3560 Toodyay Road Bailup – a potential open-cut bauxite mine down the track.

Keeping a public profile is essential and at the time of writing 4000 people have signed our parliamentary petition to stop strip mining within a 100km radius of Perth.

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