FAQ #5 Is our property affected?

How do we know if there is an Exploration Tenement over our property and what can we do about it?

Whilst tenements are not usually lodged on your Certificate of Title it can still be over you property. Firstly look on the interactive map on the AHMAG web page, zoom into your property and then click on your property. If a box opens with the Exploration Tenement number or a Pending Exploration Tenement number on it, then yes there is a tenement on your property. Another option is to purchase a Property Interest Report for your property from the Landgate website or Midland Office. If you don't have access to the website, you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address of your property and we will look into it for you. 

Once it has been established there is a tenement over your property you need to write to the Mining Registrar, Department of Mines, 100 Plain Street, East Perth WA, 6004 and lodge your objection with reason for your objection, and ask that your residential property be excised from the tenement. If DMP advise that the Mining Company has refused to excise your property from their tenement then ask DMP for compensation. Don't wait for the mining Company to apply to have the Exploration Licence changed to a Mining Tenement.


FAQ #4 Effect on groundwater?

Will our ground water be affected if the miners draw water to use in the crushing plants and dust suppression?

The miners have not yet said where they intend drawing their water from for dust suppression and it is another issue of concern for all of us.


Once again, when the EPA 7 day window opens, this is another issue that you will need to add to your submission, as we cannot answer that question and it is not one of the listed FAQ on the miner's website.


FAQ #3 Dust suppression?

We are worried about our harvested water supplies being polluted by dust clouds, not to mention the constant cleaning of our outdoor areas, our car, washing on our clothes lines, etc. How can we ensure this does not happen?

Dust suppression is something that we are all concerned about and given the magnitude of this proposed mine we are also worried about that issue.


The miner has assured us in their FAQ that they will do everything they can to minimise the effect of dust to our water supplies, but given the strong easterly winds that can blow for days and sometimes weeks, we doubt if they can adequately control dust suppression and that is one of the issues that you need to put in your EPA Submission, when the 7 day window opens.


FAQ #2 What is the point?

It seems to me that the mine will go ahead regardless of what we do. What is the point in getting up in arms about it?

Yes there are a number of community members that have that view, but there is a saying that you have probably heard many times before, and that is: “Bad things happen when good people do nothing”


To sit back and watch a mining company steam roll over our community, if our community did not even try to stop it, that would jeopardise the future of the next generation of rural opportunity in this district and be morally incomprehensible. 

Yes we may put up a good fight and yes we may lose, but what if the power of the people were to win, or at very least cause enough pain to the miner that the scale of their operation is significantly reduced, due to bigger buffer zones around private properties and waterways, and more expensive quieter conveyors and machinery? Is it not worth it just to do that?


FAQ #1 Will it happen?

What is all the fuss about? Miners have had tenements on land around here for years and it will never happen.

Yes there have been numerous companies that have done exploration on private properties in the area over many years, but given the exploration has mainly been on private land, it is difficult for the miners to get enough land owners in one location to agree to exploration, let alone mining, and given transport restraints and the distance between properties and the rail links, most projects don’t even look slightly feasible.


This miner has managed to get a 55 square km area owned by a small number of adjoining land owners, most of which own multiple properties from Wundowie to the Avon River, and they intend to move the ore from farm land where it will be open cut / strip mined to a rail siding (yet to be built) on the Avon river by way of a 14 km conveyor belt, which if built will go under or over Toodyay Road, this means:

  • Minimal trucks on the roads.
  • This also means that this provides the perfect scenario for the miner. 
  • We should not be complacent about this proposed mine.


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