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

Tidy Toodyay Takes Home Australian Tidy Towns Overall Title

AHMAG would like to congratulate the Toodyay tidy town team for helping Toodyay win the following categories to win overall:

  • Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention
  • Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Protection

Is the Environmental Protection Award just for the town itself, or is it for the entire shire?

If it is for the entire shire, lets hope that the proposed mines do not go ahead or the Environmental Protection Award could never be won again, given 19 km2 of remnant vegetation and bush is earmarked for destruction if bauxite mining is allowed to occur and as we know, all the rehabilitation in the world is Not Protection, but well done Toodyay.

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 27 February 2015 Toodyay in Western Australia has tonight won the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns award for 2015. The announcement was made at the national awards ceremony hosted by the 2014 overall winner,…

http://kab.org.au/tidy-toodyay-takes-home-australian-tidy-towns-overall-title/

AHMAG

Wondering what to write in your submission?

Wondering what to write in your submission to Council regarding the proposed Mining Policy M.6?

Deadline Friday the 27th of Feb at 4pm.

Read this article, then read or download this submission. Your submission does not have to be as detailed, but you do need to have a say.

Be like the Carnabys Cockatoo below and Fly into action.

Say NO to a MINING POLICY and YES to a REFERENDUM ON MINING.

URGENT... URGENT... URGENT...

Deadline for submissions: Friday the 27th of February 2015 at 4pm

"Have Your Say" About The Proposed Mining Policy M.6 (Toodyay Shire)

Don’t let this Policy slip through the cracks!!!

The Toodyay Shire are calling for Public Submissions in response to their recently advertised proposed mining policy and time is running out to have your say.

Please click here to open and view the policy.

You only have until 4 pm Friday the 27th of February, so please have your say.

  • Your responses can be done by post to Shire of Toodyay PO Box 96, Toodyay WA 6566
  • In Person to Shire of Toodyay Admin Centre, 15 Fiennes St Toodyay
  • Email: to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any submission must contain - Proposed Council Policy M.6 Engagement with mining proposals, your full name and property address to be of any effect

Don’t let this Policy slip through the cracks "HAVE YOUR SAY" 

"Click here to view a Mining Policy M.6 Submission in our Info Notes section."

Your submission does not have to be anywhere near as comprehensive to be counted.

SAY NO TO A MINING POLICY AND YES TO A REFERENDUM ON MINING

AHMAG

QUESTION... QUESTION... QUESTION...

Bauxite aluminium joint venture (BAJV) and their JV partners Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) are proposing to mine the Felicitas and Fortuna resources that have been located in the Shires of Toodyay (Morangup), Northam (Wundowie) and Mundaring (Wooroloo) and they have been trying to convince community members from those shires to take part in a Community advisory Group.

Why would BAJV choose 2 people from Gidgegannup in the Shire of Swan to take part in such a group, when Swan is not affected by bauxite mining????

Is it because they cannot get enough support from within the affected shires???

Or is it because they have the Shire of Swan firmly in their sites in the not too distant future????

Beware bauxite mining could be in your back yard sooner than you think!!!

AHMAG

Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group inc

Destruction of Natural Bush Land

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 farm land.

Given the combined Fortuna and Felicitas Resouce mine area is around 63 km2, 70% of that is 44 km2, the other 30% or 18.9 km2 is remnant vegetation and bush.

At the end of Jingaling Brook Rd in Morangup there is a 500 acre block which is part of the 30% and the attached pictures are from within that block of land.

If you are as outraged by this as we are, then like our Facebook page share the page with your family and friends and ask them to do the same. 

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

"Together we will be heard"

URGENT… URGENT... Proposed Mining Policy (Toodyay Shire)

The Toodyay Shire is calling for public submissions in response to their recently advertised proposed mining policy.

Please click on the link below where you will be able to open and view the policy.
http://www.toodyay.wa.gov.au/for-public-comment.aspx 

You only have until 4 pm Friday the 27th of February, so please have your say.

  • Your responses can be done by post to Shire of Toodyay, PO Box 96, Toodyay WA 6566
  • In person to Shire of Toodyay, Admin Centre, 15 Fiennes St, Toodyay
  • Email: to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any submission must contain - Proposed Council Policy M.6 Engagement with mining proposals, your full name and property address to be of any effect. 

Following is a short version of a submission that was read out to council on the 27th of January and pretty much sums up what will happen if a mining policy is adopted so you need to have a say.

Agenda Item 9.5.1 New Policy – Engagement with Mining Proposals is another attempt by the Author being the Officer Stan Scott to convince council to welcome mining into the Toodyay shire and a precursor to being part of a CAG group for the benefit of BAJV. 

The social impact assessment of resource project document that forms part of Agenda Item 9.5.1, largely relates to remote areas, indigenous communities, promotes CAG groups and in my opinion forms the view that mining will occur regardless so affected communities have to consult with the mining companies to minimise the effects mining with have in that area.

It should not be overlooked by council that we are neither remote nor indigenous and we will not be pushed around by miners or council to be part of any group that will ultimately promote mining in the Toodyay shire.

We have co-existed with extractive industries for many years and it has had little to no effect on land owners who live in close proximity to the quarries, as these operations never operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week and do not extract anywhere near the amount of ore that is proposed by BAJV / BRL with some 11,000,000 plus tonnes expected to be mined each year.

You are all aware that the proposed mines cover an area of some 62 km2 and 70% of that land is productive farmland which will never recover from the effects of open cut bauxite mining. 

Given the world’s massive population growth, it has been identified that food production will be the largest resource on the planet in the coming years and for governments, local, state and federal to ignore that and jeopardise agricultural land in good reliable rain fall areas would be outrageously irresponsible.

As you are all aware, I was personally opposed to the implementation of the recently adopted EDP, but in conclusion the documents states that the Toodyay economy has the potential to leverage its competitiveness and comparative advantages in premium food production and experimental tourism to drive business growth and the quality of life of residents and the community.

Shire of Toodyay Policy manual

On page 341 of the Toodyay Shire Policy manual, the heading is Council will do all in its power to ensure any proposed mining project that:

  • All reports and investigations and assessments are thorough and complete:
  • That benefits of any project to the local community are maximised and negatives impacts are eliminated or minimised:
  • That environmental impacts are minimised and rehabilitation is thorough and complete and offsets are appropriate.

The only way to fulfil those statements is for council to pay for full independent environmental studies.

On the same page the officer also makes the statement that:

  • Council will participate in engagement activities with project proponents, subject to the proviso that it reserves the right to oppose or advocate changes or conditions.
  • Then he goes onto say that there may be occasions where these services project and events are sponsored or co – funded by the mining proponent.

To make these statements after a project has been granted full approvals by all governing bodies is fine, but to suggest accepting any type of payment / assistance prior to approval of any mining proposal is outrageous. 

For council to vote yes on this policy will change The Toodyay shire forever, as council will merely be saying we are a mining town and we are open for business. 

Please vote NO and show your ratepayers that Toodyay is not just going to be another mining town. We are better than that.

AHMAG believe that there should be a Town planning Scheme Amendment to exclude mining in areas where there is productive farmland, remnant vegetation, bush, regrowth logged areas and that it is socially unacceptable given the close proximity to large numbers of people. Therefore a Referendum should be held in this Shire to gauge the true sentiment within all our communities.

In the words of the Officer (CEO Stan Scott) in the Agenda item 10.1 under Social implications on page 368 of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on the 27th of January 2015 he states:

  • While at this stage the proposed projects are near Morangup, most of the shire is affected by exploration leases, making it difficult to determine what constitutes an affected subdivision.        

This statement alone should give rise to the Toodyay Shire to hold a referendum on mining, as this information could be the deciding factor on whether a mine ever starts here in the first place. 

Don’t let this Policy slip through the cracks. "HAVE YOUR SAY".

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Help the Carnaby's Cockatoo and Say NO to Mining Here!!!

BAJV / BRL have earmarked a combined land area of some 62 km2 for open-cut bauxite mining and 70% of that area is productive farmland and 30%, or some 18 km2, is remnant vegetation or bush which will be destroyed forever.

This will have far-reaching effects on all flora and fauna in the proposed mine area.

The following email was received late last year and we thought we would share it with you. 

Letter From Concerned Morangup Cocky Count Volunteers

Dear AHMAG committee,

Attached is an email we received from Birdlife Australia Western Australia Group regarding Carnaby's Black Cockatoo that we thought your important group may be interested in.

My wife and I have assisted with the Great Cocky Count and have identified a roost survey site in Morangup, which is included in the Great Cocky Count report. With a total of 209 Carnabies counted on 12 May 2013, this makes the Morangup area an important feeding area for the cockys. We have Carnabies nesting on our property in Morangup and who knows how many other Carnabies are nesting in the area.

In the Morangup area we have seen Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos feed on marri (Corymbia calophylla) and pingle (Banksia squarrosa). These two plants appear to be their main food with a hakea plant species also another minor food source. Other plants may also be a food source. Large cockatoos including Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (also in the Morangup area) require large hollows in mature trees for nesting. These trees take about 150 years to develop hollows large enough for them. The two main trees these two cockatoo species would nest in in the Morangup area are Marri and Wandoo trees with Jarrah another possible tree.

The proposed bauxite mine will remove all plants including marri trees from the mine area resulting in a loss of food and possible nesting trees. The replanted marri trees (assuming they replant these important plants in the rehab areas) will take many years to provide enough fruit (honky nuts) to feed many cockatoos and at least 150 years as possible nesting trees. Red-capped Parrots and Australian Ringneck Parrots also feed on marri honky nuts. Red-capped Parrots rely heavily on marri seeds for food.

Letter From Bird Life Western Australia Sent to Volunteers

Dear 2014 volunteers,

Thank you once again for your support of BirdLife WA's Great Cocky Count, and also to those who attended the launch of the GCC report a couple of weeks back. The report was released at Underwood Avenue in Floreat on the 25th August with the local Friends of Underwood Avenue Bushland group. 

Perth’s population of the Endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo is in collapse, with numbers falling by 15 per cent each year, according to the 2014 report, and the outlook is bleak, as vital habitat continues to be destroyed.

Urgent action is needed in order to save the species from extinction. BirdLife Australia has organised a petition to call on both the State and Federal Governments to protect critical habitat for Carnaby's Cockatoos.

But we need your help! Please SIGN (and share) our petition to support the protection of Carnaby's Cockatoos and their habitat. It is available at the link:

http://www.savethebirds.org.au/disaster-in-the-wings-carnabys-cockatoo-crisis

Thank you for your help!

Jess

Jessica Lee | Threatened Black Cockatoos Project Officer 

BSc(Hons); PGCert; PhD

BirdLife Western Australia

Peregrine House 167 Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat WA 6014

T 08 92872204

M 0428762292

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Public Submission

The Following Submission Was Read Out to Council on The 27th of January 2015 at an Ordinary Council Meeting.

Public Submission to Agenda Item 9.5.1 AND 9.5.2 of Council Meeting on the 27th January 2015

Brian Dale, 50 Jingaling Brook Rd, Morangup WA 6083

I would like to start by reminding council that they are elected by the rate payers of Toodyay and that they should always listen to their constituents prior to making any decisions that could have far reaching ramifications for the shire AND rate payers in the future

Item 9.5.1 New Policy – Engagement with Mining Proposals is another attempt by the author being the Officer (Stan Scott) to convince council to welcome mining into the Toodyay shire and a precursor to being part of a CAG group for the benefit of BAJV. 

The social impact assessment of resource project document that forms part of  Agenda Item 9.5.1 above, largely relates to remote areas, indigenous communities, promotes CAG groups and in my opinion forms the view that mining will occur regardless, so affected communities have to consult with the mining companies to minimise the effects mining with have in that area.

It should not be overlooked by council that we are neither remote nor indigenous and we will not be pushed around by miners or council to be part of any group that will ultimately promote mining in the Toodyay shire.

We have co-existed with extractive industries for many years and it has had little to no effect on land owners who live in close proximity to the quarries, as these operations never operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week and do not extract anywhere near the amount of ore that is proposed by BAJV / BRL with some 11,000,000 plus tonnes expected to be mined each year.

You are all aware that the proposed mines cover an area of some 62 km2 and 70% of that land is productive farmland which will never recover from the effects of open cut bauxite mining.

Given the world’s massive population growth, it has been identified that food production will be the largest resource on the planet in the coming years and for governments, local, state and federal to ignore that and jeopardise agricultural land in good reliable rainfall areas would be outrageously irresponsible.

As you are all aware I was personally opposed to the implementation of the recently adopted EDP, but in conclusion the document states that the Toodyay economy has the potential to leverage its competitiveness and comparative advantages in premium food production and experimental tourism to drive business growth and the quality of life of residents and the community.

On page 341 of the Toodyay Shire Policy manual, the heading is Council will do all in its power to ensure any proposed mining project that:

  • All reports and investigations and assessments are thorough and complete;
  • That benefits of any project to the local community are maximised and negatives impacts are eliminated or minimised;
  • That environmental impacts are minimised and rehabilitation is thorough and complete and offsets are appropriate.

The only way to fulfil those statements is for council to pay for full independent environmental studies.

On the same page the officer also makes the statement that:

  • Council will participate in engagement activities with project proponents, subject to the proviso that it reserves the right to oppose or advocate changes or conditions.
  • Then he goes onto say that there may be occasions where these services, projects and events are sponsored or co-funded by the mining proponent.

To make these statements after a project has been granted full approvals by all governing bodies is fine, but to suggest accepting any type of payment / assistance prior to approval of any mining proposal is outrageous.

For council to vote yes on this policy will change the Toodyay shire forever, as council will merely be saying we are a mining town and we are open for business. Please vote NO and show your ratepayers that Toodyay is not just going to be another mining town. We are better than that.

Item 9.5.2 Bauxite Alumina Community Advisory Group, under Risk Implications

  • The statement is made by the officer that the community is looking to council to provide leadership.

As happens in all forms of government the party or people of the day tend to lose contact with their own constituents and what is important to their voters. This is nearly always the basis for the election of a new government.

Rate payers are not looking for leadership we merely want council to think outside the square and the promise of a handful of jobs from BAJV and act on what the majority of rate payers in the community wish to happen, and that is for Toodyay not become a mining town and for Council to oppose any plans to mine in our shire.

Given the magnitude of this mining proposal and with the statement made by the officer - Stan Scott, in item 10.1 under Social implications on page 368 that states: 

  • While at this stage the proposed projects are near Morangup, most of the shire is affected by exploration leases, making it difficult to determine what constitutes an affected subdivision

This statement alone should give rise to a Toodyay Shire survey or referendum on the true sentiment within the entire shire in regard to mining, as this information could be the deciding factor on whether a mine ever starts here in the first place. 

Vote no for CAG involvement and show leadership by holding a REFERENDUM on mining.

Would BAJV/BRL be good for our community???

Residents for Responsible Mining (R4RM) is a growing community group formed to address the concerns of residents negatively impacted by mining activities in the Darling Scarp by Bauxite Resources Limited (ASX: BAU).

When someone opens a new shop front in town it is nice to know a little bit about who they are and how their business will fit into our community. Sometimes all we need is a little more information. 

Go to the Residents for Responsible Mining (R4RM) website where you can do a little light reading in the latest news section, or watch a video in the television coverage section. Become aware and judge for yourself: www.r4rm.com

Direct link to Bauxite/Aluminium Dust Contaminates Bindoon Drinking Water

Opal Vale opponents need our help to stop the landfill site

Proposed for Chitty Rd, Toodyay!!!!!

URGENT...URGENT...URGENT..

We won an enormous battle against high odds - now it’s time to win the war.

Opal Vale P/L has submitted a new Works Approval Application to the Dept of Environment Regulation (DER). 

Story to date:

Opal Vale DER application (No 1) was submitted late 2013.

We submitted the Toodyay Community Submission (No 1) on the 24.3.2014.

DER issued Opalvale with a letter of 'Intent to Refuse' based on our concerns (Nov. 2014). The letter had a list of reasons for the Intent to Refuse that Opal Vale could respond to.

Opal Vale then withdrew their application before formal rejection.

This has allowed them to reapply with corrections before the 27 February SAT planning permission deadline which was conditional to having the works approval from DER.

Opal Vale have now submitted Opal Vale DER application (No 2) January 2015.

Opal Vale have applied for an extension of the planning deadline to the Shire.

As they are responding to DER conditions this is reasonable, or they can appeal to SAT. We are prepared to respond with the Toodyay Community Submission (No 2) Deadline 23 February.

Our first submission had 472 signatories & overall DER received over 500 public submissions. Our second submission has more than 700 signatories, thanks to you all.

We will request an extension of the public submission time today, as information we have requested on the reasons for the Intent to Refuse under Freedom of Information on the 9 December 2014 has not been received. Opalvale have asked for and received a month's extension on the time limit to provide this. We will request the public submission time is 21 days from receipt of the FOI requested. This may not be successful.

We are aware one of the main issues of the Intent to Refuse were the significant environmental arguments - especially HYDROLOGY (Water) - presented by the community submission. 

The clock is ticking....time is short...there's a deadline to meet! 

We really need your support - more signatures please for the Community Submission and the 'tinny' if you can (for an updated hydrology report to respond to their new hydrology section). Donations and signatures will be very gratefully received through Wendouree Tearooms (tinny) or Bendigo bank through the Opal Vale Fighting Fund (current bank balance is approximately $300).

Donations can be made via Bendigo Bank - either over the counter or on-line to:

OPAL VALE FIGHTING FUND
BSB: 633000
Acc: 151527504

Every submission counts... We won the battle once, we can win again... The environmental arguments against this Class 2 are strong - the environmental pollution threat to the water supply IS & HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MAJOR CONCERN for Toodyay & surrounds. Join us, have your say - a signature, a letter or submission to DER - every one counts!

We now only have until Monday 23rd February 2015 to lodge public submissions. 

Opal Vale's application no. W5800/2015/1 & attachments may be downloaded from the DER website: www.der.wa.gov.au

Queries to DER Licensing & Approvals reception: (08) 9333 7510 (quote the Works Approval Ref: W5800/2015/1) 

Manager Licensing: Rebecca Kelly

Letters / Submissions to be forwarded to:

REF: W5800/2015/1
Manager Licensing (Waste South A)
Industry Regulation Booragoon
Department of Environment Regulation
Locked Bag 33
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AHMAG supports opposition against Opal Vale, as this Landfill site and the proposed bauxite mine are probably the two largest issues that we will see here in our life time and we must unite to stopthem both!!! 

 

Toodyay Council Meeting 27 Jan 2015

COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP: The involvement of council in relation to the participation of council on a Community Advisory Group, run by BAJV, was again on the agenda at council’s first meeting for 2015, along with an Amended Notice of Motion for a Community Mining Advisory Committee drafted by Cr Madacsi.

The long awaited legal advice was received and due to that legal advice, there was amended the OFFICERS (CEO) recommendations as follows:

  • That “the Shire of Toodyay” will only participate in a (CAG) if the Community Advisory Group holds its meetings “in a public forum”

THE MOTION WAS LOST FOR WANT OF A SECONDER.

This means that the issue of the CAG cannot go before council again for another 3 months.

COMMUNITY MINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Amended Notice of Motion for a Community Mining Advisory Committee drafted by Cr Madacsi was also discussed:

Cr Madacsi’s amended version which included 2 community stakeholders from each affected subdivision who would advise council with regard to the impacts of mining within the Shire of Toodyay.

The OFFICER (CEO) had this to say:

  • While at this stage the proposed projects are near Morangup, most of the Shire is affected by exploration leases, making it very difficult to determine what constitutes an affected subdivision.

After some discussion clarification was sought.

Cr Firns foreshadowed an alternate motion.

Cr Madacsi sought leave to withdraw the motion under Standing Orders 9.15 (1)

and have it considered at the February Council Forum.

COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO 29/01/15

MOVED Cr Madacsi

That the motion be withdrawn in accordance with Standing Orders 9.15 (1) and

have it considered at the February Council Forum.

MOTION CARRIED 9/0

The OFFICER (CEO’s) comments above are the most damming to date, as to what effect proposed bauxite mining is likely to have on Toodyay as a whole.

With that we believe Council should hold a Referendum on Bauxite Mining in the Toodyay Shire, to gauge the true sentiment within the community in relation to bauxite mining in the Toodyay Shire once and for all.

To read the entire Agenda Item 9.5.2 click on the here and go to page 89.

Friday Update - Petition Success

AHMAG are celebrating a milestone tonight, as we have just passed 500 signatures against bauxite mining in Toodyay, Morangup, Wooroloo, Wundowie, the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley.

All we can say is thank you for your support, but we need many more signatures. If you would like to stand arm in arm with other like-minded community members against bauxite mining, then you can contact us through our website ahmag.com.au.

Register and leave your contact number and we will give you a call and let you know where you can sign a petition.

Thanks again for all your support and remember. You are not alone!!!.

"Together we will be heard"

We don't oppose mining in general, but we do oppose it here!!!!

Happy Australia Day

January has already seen the AHMAG website updated with new information on our home page, in the press and the FAQ section of our site along with a 2014 recap post on our Facebook page.

BAJV have chosen to post a correction on our Facebook page with a link to their own page, as well as a post on the Toodyay community forum (Have a chat) in an attempt to correct information that they feel was misleading.

Following you can read our response to their comments, so as always you can decide who is misleading who. Their post start as follows:

  • Will you employ Locals??? Their answer was YES. AHMAG have never stated that the miner will not employ locals and it is good to see that they have made a commitment by saying YES they will, but the question still remains as to how many of the 120 promised full time jobs will be local, they do not say the percentage of how many locals will gain employment, or refute the engagement of 457 visa or DIDO workers, so nothing has changed, which is of no surprise to us.

  • Are you operating a bauxite mine over 65km2??? Their answer was NO. We mentioned an area of 62 km2 not 65 and to suggest for one minute that we believe any miner would open cut 65 km2 all at the same time is just ridiculous. BAJV however do confirm that around 10% of the mine area will be operational at any given time, This equates to a massive 6.2 square km area, not including the 15 km long conveyor, loading and crushing facility.

  • Will you impact local water supplies and create DUST? Their answer was NO: Consultants have been engaged for preliminary water investigations and  desktop surveys have begun, the mine will be designed to minimise Noise, Traffic, Dust and Water and NO visible fugitive dust will escape from the property boundary.

    Due to climate changes our rainfall is less, our summers are now longer and we get wind that blows for days and weeks, what will it be like in 20 years from now??? This is a complete insult to everyone’s intelligence. We can only assume that they will build a dome over the open mine area to keep fugitive dust from escaping across the boundary line, as that will also save water.(lol)

  • The miner says that rock breaking will be done in pit by surface miners. Is this with mechanical rock breakers attached to huge excavators??? If so, the noise will be EXTREME and carry for many kms. One of our members have recently toured the Alcoa Willowdale bauxite mine near Waroona. Alcoa blast 5 days a week???

  • The miner says that the crusher will be located in a non-sensitive location north of the mine to minimise noise to residents. I guess they will borrow the Get Smart dome of silence to put over the crusher to stop noise from traveling down the valley. Only people who live in the area can tell you that on a still night you can hear a new born lamb cry from a km or more away, the miners have no idea about NOISE pollution and how it will affect all of us.

  • • Will you have significant impacts on flora and fauna??? Their answer NO: About 70% of the land is already cleared farmland. The miner then states that when mining starts the removal of any native vegetation will begin in areas that have not been cleared for farming: What was that? Didn't we just read that there would be no impact !!!! That means the destruction of the other 30% of the 62 km2 mine area or 18.6 km2 of non-cleared farmland or bush. Did you know that at the end of Jingaling Brook Rd on the left hand side there is about 500 acres of bush full of huge trees? If the mine goes ahead it will no longer exist, but according to BAJV there will be NO impacts on flora and fauna. 
  • Rehabilitation: The miner says that after mining has taken place the mine pits will be deep ripped to improve drainage and the surface will be re-formed to blend with the surrounding land form and then overburden and top soil (80 cm ???) is returned. Then the land is seeded with species appropriate to the original land use.

  • Doesn't that sound fantastic and looks great when written on paper, but what is not mentioned is the fact that the land will never be the same again, the bauxite has taken hundreds of millions of years to form beneath the earth’s surface and is between 2 - 16 meters thick, once that  is ripped out all the way down to the clay bed, which by the way can be 30 – 60 meters deep, the earths filtration and sponge that holds subsoil moisture in the dry months and years is gone forever. This will not be noticed straightaway as the mine will creep across the landscape over time and so will the aftermath of open-cut bauxite mining.

  • Will you operate train lengths of 3-4 km??? NO.

    Finally something that may even be close to the truth. The miner has come out and said that there will be no trains that are 3-4 km long and that the trains used will be about 1.3 km long with 2 locos, one on each end of the train, and there will be about 90 wagons and 4 train movements a day down to port. That is until the refinery is built east of Northam, then those trains will be going straight through Toodyay to Northam carrying bauxite one way and back through Toodyay again carrying alumina.

    Just as a point of interest though, we counted the wagons on the Red and Grey Mineral Resource train going back through Toodyay on Saturday the 24th of January and there were 120 wagons, this makes a similar train that carries Iron Ore about 1.8 km long.

Some of the comments above are tongue in cheek, as the statements made by BAJV are outrageous.

One thing we need to correct from our statements above. We have referred to BAJV as the miner and in fact they are an exploration company trying to be a miner and have no credentials in regard to mining at all, except for an illegal trial mine in Bindoon where the JV partner BRL extracted 130,000 tonnes of bauxite without any proper approvals from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) or the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP).

Please follow this link - http://www.r4rm.com - and read all about it. Then please share this information with your family and friends and don't forget to ask them to like our Facebook page and for their friends to do the same.

AHMAG

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