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

AHMAG Get More Signatures in Mundaring

We would like to thank the Mundaring Community for stopping by today to sign petitions against bauxite mining in the Shires of Mundaring, Toodyay and Northam.

We would also like to thank everyone who donated today and those of you who have direct deposited donations into our Bankwest Account:
BSB: 306-028 / Account No: 0402105.

Or send a cheque to: The Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group Inc,
PO Box 111,  Gidgegannup WA 6083.

If you are like most people and don't have the time or energy to HELP, then your financial support by way of donations will enable us to continue the fight on your behalf in this David and Goliath Battle.

Please keep the donations coming, as we will need every cent and we will never stop fighting.

 

When the Bush came to Town / Q&A / ABC

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This programme was on Q&A / ABC. Not the same mining proposal as the bauxite one here in Morangup (Toodyay Shire), Wundowie (Northam Shire) and Wooroloo (Mundaring Shire), but the same issues: water, destruction of farmland and the environment. 

This is a must view segment.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s4185655.htm

 

500 Acres of Bush Earmarked For Destruction

It has long been mentioned by BAJV / BRL that they will not be mining the Avon Valley National park or Nature Reserves in the area and they proudly boast that 70% of the mine area is cleared farmland.

Given the combined Fortuna and Felicitas Resouce mine area at this stage is around 62 km2, and 70% of that or some 44 km2 is farmland, that means the other 30% or 18.6 km2 is remnant vegetation and bush.

At the end of Jingaling Brook Rd in Morangup there is a 500 acre bush block which is part of the remaining 30% and earmarked for destruction should a mine go ahead.

Below is a picture taken last week on March the 11th 2015 which shows the BAJV drill rig pushing its way through the vegetation doing exploration on that block.

If you are as outraged as we are, then make it known. 

You can help by signing our petitions against bauxite mining in the Perth Hills and Avon Valley and liking us on Facebook.

"Together we will be heard"

 

Attempted Theft

This will give a few of you a good laugh, but I dare say it will horrify most people. Yesterday around 2pm a couple of blokes in a blue dual cab ute cut an entire section of my fence on the corner of Jingaling Brook and Toodyay Road and tried to steal the No Bauxite trailer, still laughing!!! There were 70 sheep in the paddock within 80 meters of the opening that was made and if it had not been for the quick thinking of 2 great Main Roads workers passing by, the trailer would have been stolen (ha ha) and 70 sheep could have run out onto Toodyay Road which may well have caused a fatality. Is this what proposed mining is doing to our community???

Brian Dale

 

AHMAG Army Update

Our hard working army members have been busy spreading the word and obtaining signatures on Parliamentary Petitions against bauxite mining in the Toodyay Shire, Perth Hills and Avon Valley

If you would like to sign a petition or join the insurgence to save our Hills, the Avon Valley, your way of life, your property values and the Environment from the affects of open cut strip mining, which will inevitably destroy some 62 km2, of farmland and bush from Wooroloo to the Avon River near Cobblers Pool, then simply send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you.

We will never give up the fight, but we do need your HELP!!!

AHMAG

 

Mining Diagram

BAJV / BRL proudly boast that 70% of their 62 km2 mining operation will be on previously cleared farm land and show an eight step mining process in their diagram below.

Just for a moment focus on the before and after examples in the middle of the diagram, it clearly shows that when they mine, every ounce of bauxite is removed all the way down to the clay bed. 

This destroys farmland forever, as the bauxite or the earth’s sponge which would normally hold subsoil moisture throughout the dry months and years is removed. How can farm land recover from that in an area that only receives around 450mm of rain on average?

Once you remove the bauxite which is the subsoil profile that has taken millions of years to develop and then return top soil and overburden of around 80 - 100 cm back on top of the clay bed, well you don't have to be Einstein to see what will happen.

AHMAG


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Cartoon - March 2015


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Jobs in the Pipeline, or Just a Pipe Dream and Broken Promises!!!

"Mining Impact"

Mining impact is the heading on the front page of the MIDLAND Edition of the ECHO Newspaper and once again the promise of 120 Full time jobs for people living and raising their families in the REGION is mentioned, which will no doubt give hope to many Toodyay locals and businesses with the promise of jobs and service contracts.

Much of the information in this article was covered in the Mundaring edition of the ECHO, which included the statement by BAJV CEO Bill Moss regarding a REFINERY next to the proposed mine, but some new information includes the following:

City of SWAN Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Foley said there was a range of businesses within the city which service existing mining industries. “So there is the potential for this proposal to provide new opportunities for local businesses,” he said.

The Resource Hub recruitment centre:

Dani Tamati from the Resource Hub, made the following comment. 

This will provide a fabulous opportunity for not only local people, but also those within the PERTH METRO area as it really is on our doorstep and is a perfect opportunity for Drive-In Drive-Out (DIDO) and with the talent pool in this climate, there will be opportunities for those with experience and qualifications to apply, she said.

If and when a mine does get approval there will no doubt be some local jobs, but ask BAJV how many, as people and businesses from all over the REGION including the METRO area, will be vying for the same positions and service contracts, so the promise of any real economic benefit to Toodyay is now even more in doubt and may just end up being a pipe dream & broken promises to many.

http://echonewspaper.com.au/jobs-in-the-pipeline/

AHMAG

Breaking News... Breaking News.... Breaking News...

BAJV CEO Bill Moss has made a statement to the ECHO Newspaper that: 

"A formal assessment would be conducted into the feasibility of building a refinery next to the Felicitas bauxite mine."

Then states that "We don't believe there are any suitable sites for a refinery close to the mine and will conduct a formal site selection at the appropriate time".

Haven't we always been told by BAJV that they will not build a refinery in the Toodyay Shire?

This is proof that you cannot believe a word that BAJV say and if we do not all stand together and be heard against this proposed mine, it may well be the biggest regret of our lives.

Say No to Bauxite mining in the Toodyay Shire (Morangup), the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley or we may well have a disgusting polluting refinery here as well.

"The Toodyay we love will be lost forever" 

http://echonewspaper.com.au/bauxite-mine-unwelcome/

AHMAG

Email your objections to the Yankuang Group

Mr. Zhang Xinwen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Secretary of CPC Committee of Yankuang

Address: 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.


Copyright © 2011 Yankuang Group

Response with Facts

This is a response to a conversation that is happening on the Toodyay Community Forum (Have a chat).

Regarding the Today Tonight Segment about proposed bauxite mining in our suburb of Morangup WA, which went to air 6:30 last night the 3rd of March 2015

Hello everyone, just to give you all a few facts. 

  1. BAJV were asked by Today Tonight (TT) to be interviewed on camera, but declined and in the words of Jo Hart they chose to give a vague and an evasive quote.  
  2. AHMAG wanted to get a couple of hundred people at the shoot and for the shoot to be at around 6:30 pm on a week day or 3pm on a Sunday, as most people in our community work, but that was outside TT’s working hours and we were requested by TT to only have around 15 people or so, as they did not wish to be seen to insight a riot, so it was shot at 4:30 last Tuesday afternoon the same afternoon as the Shire meeting.  
  3. When a refinery is built a power station is generally built at the same time and that is one of the reasons that it costs $1 BILLION plus to build a refinery. 
  4. AHMAG would have never opposed an observatory or a school as projects like that, as Lee King rightly stated, bring tourist dollars along with government and private sector funding which in our opinion would be fantastic for Toodyay. 
  5. TT quoted that the proposed mine would create 120 full time local jobs, this is not correct the latest information on the new look BAJV website states 120 jobs for the region and a region covers a huge area, sure there will be some local jobs, but ask BAJV how many. 
  6. The CSIRO put out a mining document in 2012 which included a large study on Boddington with drive in drive out (DIDO) workers, no economic benefit to the town from mining, businesses that opened expecting great things from the mine have now closed etc. The document mentions good and bad affects from mining and I guess we can all choose to take the parts out of the document that we would like to believe, but if you are interested you can register your details here and I will email it to you. 

Just remember the proposed Felicitas mine is around 10 minutes from Gidgegannup and DIDO workers will not even drive through Toodyay to get to the mine. The local service station will not even sell them a pie or a newspaper as they would have already bought it at Gidgegannup on the way. 

The pic below will be what you and all our towns visitors will see when driving through Morangup on the way to Toodyay, come on, arn't we better than that???

AHMAG

Two New Milestones Reached

  • 501 Facebook Likes............................
  • 1,020 Parliamentary Signatures..........

AHMAG are celebrating two new milestones as we now have 501 FB likes and over 1000 parliamentary signatures. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support.  

Our fight has just begun, but with all of your support we will be heard!!!.

If you have not yet liked our FB page and are against bauxite mining in the Toodyay Shire, Morangup, the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley, please show your support by liking our page and ask your family and friends to do the same.

If you would like to add your name to our Parliamentary petition, please call Brian Dale on 0418 898 788 and he will let you know where the next signing day will be.

Thanks again for all of your support.

AHMAG

Today Tonight Segment (incl. video)

For those of you who missed the Today Tonight segment regarding our opposition to bauxite mining in Morangup, the Perth Hills and Avon Valley:

Along with a few facts and Questions to consider:

1. BAJV were asked by Today Tonight (TT) to be interviewed on camera, but declined and instead gave the following statement.

"It is far too early to comment on detail around any potential project which may emerge because it would be completely speculative."

Questions:

if a TV interview would be nothing more than speculative, then:

Why have BAJV spent millions on Exploration?.

Why have BAJV set up a Shop front in Toodyay?

Why are BAJV inviting people into their shop front to discuss the Felicitas project, view maps and offering to take CVs for future employment opportunities?

Why have BAJV told the community that there will be 120 full-time jobs?

Why are BAJV setting up a Community Advisory Group (CAG)?

Why is BAJV's External Customer relations officer the secretary of the Toodyay Chamber of Commerce?

And why were BAJV afraid to face the TV cameras and tell the entire State of WA what they have been telling all of us, and that is how great the Felicitas project is going to be for our community of Morangup (Toodyay Shire), Wundowie (Northam Shire) Wooroloo (Mundaring Shire) and the entire State of WA?

COULD IT BE BECAUSE IT IS NOT ???

Today Tonight:   

2. When it was agreed that Today Tonight (TT) would produce a segment regarding our concerns about bauxite mining here in Morangup, the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley, AHMAG requested the segmant be shot at the Morangup community hall at 6:15 pm on a week day or 3pm on a Sunday, as most people in our community work and we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to stand in front of the cameras and be counted, but that was outside TT’s working hours and we were requested by TT to only have around 15 people or so, as they did not wish to be seen to incite a riot. So the segment was shot on Tuesday the 24th of February at 4:30 pm at a private property in Jingaling Brook Rd, Morangup, the same afternoon as the Toodyay Shire meeting.  

Correction:

3.TT quoted that the proposed mine would create 120 full-time local jobs, this is "NOT" correct, the latest information on the new-look BAJV website states 120 jobs for the region and a region covers a huge area, sure there will be some local jobs, but ask BAJV how many.

Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) own the Felicitas Resource with Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) who also own the Fortuna Resource.

The two proposed combined mines of BAJV and BRL, will at this stage, cover a land area of some 62km2 and run from Wooroloo to Wundowie back through the heart of Morangup and all the Way to the Avon River. 

To view maps and read more back ground information visit our website www.ahmag.com.au go to "In the Press" and read articles from July 2014 to February 2015.

Please like our FB page, share it with your family and friends & ask them to do the same, as we need your support !!!.

"Together We Will Be Heard"

AHMAG

Toodyay Is a Shining Light and a Stand-Out Town

COMMING IN AT NUMBER 10: In the top 10 Tree change / Sea change locations in Australia and

WINNER: of Tidy Towns Australia.

Founded in 1836 Toodyay has stood the test of time and is an Avon Valley Historical gem, so much so that our beautiful country town is number 10 on the top 10 Tree change / Sea change locations around the county and thanks to some very hard working locals, the winner of Tidy Towns Australia.

Why would anyone want to risk our reputation by supporting open cut bauxite mining in the Toodyay Shire. Unlike places like Kalgoorlie, that exist because of mining, we exist and excel without it.

Don't let the ambitions and greed of a few, destroy our beautiful Shire and town for the many people who live and visit here.

Lets preserve our landscape and our town and don't let it become something you no longer wont to look at or visit !!!.

"Say No To Bauxite Mining Here"

AHMAG.

The following was Posted on: Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 12:00:00 AM on the Toodyay Shires website.

Tens of thousands of Australians dream of seachanging or treechanging, giving up their big city lives and the stresses that go with them to move to the coast or country. It’s especially common around this time of year, when workers return to their jobs, reflect wistfully on the beach holiday they just left behind and ask: “Why can’t I live like that all year round?” At The New Daily we feel your pain. And so we set ourselves a task: we would identify 10 sea and tree change towns so that those seriously contemplating a shift from a capital city – and increasing numbers of Australians are – would have something more than a daydream to cling to.

To help us we turned to leading geographers Chris McNeill of Spade Consultants and Adam Terrill of Tract Consultants. They pored over a list of carefully chosen indicators to dig out the hidden gems tucked into the hills and along the coastline of Australia. To see them talk about how they did it, watch this video.

The New Daily List will reveal their choices of the top 10 small towns in Australia to change your life. There’s at least one town in each state – that was the only stipulation we made – so you have no excuse to not at least think about making the switch. After all, a change is as good as a holiday.

Kicking off The New Daily’s Trading Places countdown is Toodyay, a Western Australian wheatbelt town with plenty of alternative charm.

10. Toodyay

There may not be any lush green fields or vast expanses of water to admire, but Toodyay is a wheatbelt town with a host of alternative charms.

Situated 85km north-east of Perth, the town is a delightful amalgam of colonial verandahs shading old pubs and modern small business success stories, including a lolly shop; an emporium devoted to gifts, gollies and ragdolls; and Australia’s second biggest Christmas store, ‘Richard’s Christmas 360’.

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