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Chinese Miners Will Return

It's now just over a year since would-be bauxite miners Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) left town, closing the door on its shire-owned rental premises next to the Toodyay and Districts Bendigo Community Bank.

The departure followed a dispute between the joint-venture partners Yankuang Resources and Bauxite Resources Limited to conduct a bankable feasibility study to build an alumina refinery for which sites along the east-west rail network somewhere near Northam were being considered.

Since the termination of BAJV and the 100 per cent takeover by the new Chinese state-owned Yankuang Bauxite Resources – with the exception of sponsorship of last year’s Toodyay Agricultural show – there has been an information vacuum in relation to the Felicitas and Fortuna resources located near Morangup, Wundowie (Mauravillo Estate), Woorolloo and other tenements now owned by Yankuang.

Yankuang exploration manager Bruce Groenewald (who has a Yancoal email address) has previously stated that once economic conditions improve in China, they will re-emerge and double up on their efforts to move to a full-blown mining proposal. This is backed up by the ongoing sponsorship of our local agricultural show.

In time Yankuang’s true intensions and time frames will become clear, but while Yankuang or any other mining company hold and maintain live tenements for future bauxite mining, our local communities will remain under threat and therefore the Avon and Hills mining Awareness Group Inc will remain active.

You can help support AHMAG by purchasing our rain chart and pen packages for $7 or you can buy the great metal pen for $5 or a rain chart for $2. For more information on how you can obtain a package simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Brian Dale on 0418 898 788

To see what the pen and chart look like, simply view our previous post.

AHMAG

Rain charts and pens

Can we interest any of our followers in a rain chart and an engraved metal pen for $7. A pen by itself for $5. Or maybe a rain chart by itself for $2

Given the amount of unseasonal rain that we seem to be getting they will come in handy earlier than expected.

If you live in Morangup please, contact David and Hope on 9572 9072 to organize pick-up or delivery.

If you live in or around Gidgegannup, please contact Ieva on 9574 7166 to organize pick-up or delivery.

If you live outside the area, please call Brian on 0418 898 788

AHMAG

Globally 2016 Was The Hottest Year on Record

Last October the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) announced it was performing a bush-clearing audit and now ABC National radio has just run a science segment by Bill Bunbury which likens WA’s South West to a canary in the coal mine for climate change.

Mr Bunbury talks to environmental scientists, hydrologists, foresters and farmers about the effects land clearing has had on rain fall in the South West and how trees and vegetation attract rain and reduce temperatures while clearing not only has the opposite effect but also causes more frequent frosts.

It is estimated that about 70 percent of the Felicitas and Fortuna bauxite resource areas which cover some 62 km2 are located on parkland-cleared farming land with at least 30 per cent remnant vegetation and bush land. The remaining trees in these areas should be protected at all costs, not only from an agricultural point of view but an environmental one as well.

The Toodyay Shire and the State Government should be doing all that they can to ensure everything that can be done is being done to combat climate change and protect hills and agricultural areas from strip mining, which destroys everything in its path.

They should be encouraging, supporting and attracting other forms of investment to our region other than strip mining.

Food production will continue to be the largest resource on the planet long after mining has ceased and less rainfall, hotter summers and more-frequent frosts could one day render this country useless.

We invite everyone to listen to the 54-minute science segment by Bill Bunbury in the link below. The issues that AHMAG have been concerned about and continue to raise are real issues that are backed up by science and the evidence should not be ignored.

AHMAG

Article on ABC News: WA's South West 'canary in coalmine' for Climate Change

Audio link to Bill Bunbury's report: Effects of changing climate in SW Australia

Article on ABC News: 2016 Hottest Year on Record

EPA calls for a clearing audit

Monday the 24th of October 2016 saw an article written by Daniel Mercer in the West Australian where he states that the environmental watchdog has raised concerns over the amount of bush being bulldozed across the state and apparently the EPA have called for an audit to ensure sites are protected.

It has been estimated that from 2001 to 2009 almost 7,000 ha was cleared which is an area twice the size of Kings Park every year. The article goes on to say that the EPA are particularly concerned about the cumulative impact in Perth, Peel, Wheat belt and Pilbara regions and that in some urban areas the temperatures could be up to 15C hotter than surrounding natural landscapes.

Mining seems to be all but exempt from clearing regulations provided that rehabilitation follows mining. Both the Felicitas and Fortuna resources have many thousands of acres of bushland that will be destroyed by mining and the effects of clearing may not be felt straight away, but over the 25 plus years that has been suggested for the life of the mines,  our local weather is almost certain to change because of it.

I am always amazed at how the EPA and different forms of development work together to supposedly produce the best outcomes for all concerned, but the environment is always the biggest looser with humans running a close second.

You can read the full article below

AHMAG

Article in The West Australian

Wide Open Agriculture

In March 2016 AHMAG reported on a new start up business called Wide Open Agriculture. This company had grandiose plans to set up huge shade houses down south near Arthur River where they would grow tomatoes, capsicums and other market garden crops in an area that is traditionally known for cereal crops.

The ABC have once again spoken to company Director Ben Cole who’s vision is starting to come to fruition thanks to an imported Canadian greenhouse and their computerized technology which has enabled them to set up a working pilot program.

Mr Cole hopes to employ locals and long term to provide food to some 20,000 people in wheatbelt WA with future expansion throughout the wheatbelt region.
This type of investment is low impact and sustainable, would employ locals, can co-exist with tourism and will not harm Toodyay's reputation as a pristine historical tidy town.

The Toodyay shire should be canvasing for these types of ventures rather than holding out hope that proposed bauxite mining will save our town.

AHMAG

Article on ABC News

Tourism / mining

It is ironic that some local governments and members of council seem to forget the importance of tourism when mining companies come to town, waving the carrot of increased revenue to council coffers.

If nurtured and promoted correctly, tourism will grow over time and the benefits can be great and sustainable. On the other hand mining around tidy historical towns can kill the tourism sector and towns can lose their historical lustre.

The article below shows that the tourism sector is grossly over looked.

AHMAG

Article on ABC News

Alcoa Successfully Begin Exporting Bauxite From Huntley Mine Near Pinjarra

When BAJV and BRL were pushing hard to mine here in our back yard, it did not seem to matter who we spoke to in the industry about the possibility of the Felicitas and Fortuna resource's becoming mining operations, as they all seemed to have the same opinion, and that was, Darling Range bauxite is classed as being low grade ore having only 27 - 31% Al203 content and therefore the only way to make money out of mining it was to refine it locally and to export the alumina.

This is the business model that Alcoa has used for decades at the Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries.
Alcoa have been working very hard to change all of that. It seems that they have struck a deal with a Chinese company to supply an initial 400,000 tonnes of DSO (Direct shipping ore) to China and our state government has agreed to allow them to export 2.5 million tonnes of DSO p/a.

What this means is that if Alcoa can get a profitable DSO operation up and running, then any other mining company who is also granted approval to mine here in the Darling Scarp can do the same.

This now places an even greater risk to our communities, and while there are LIVE tenements here owned by BRL, Yankuang or any other company, then all communities close to the Felicitas and Fortuna resource areas in the shires of Toodyay, Northam and Mundaring will remain under enormous threat of future mining.

AHMAG

Article in The West Australian

Merry Christmas

AHMAG would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year.

A big thankyou to everyone who has shown their support during 2016, either by way of your donations, your time, or merely liking, commenting, or sharing our page and posts with your family and friends.

We are not sure what Yankuang and BRL will have in store for us in 2017, but whatever it is, they can be sure we will continue to fight against any plans they may have to open cut mine bauxite close to our hills communities.

"Together We Will Be Heard"

AHMAG

Mauravillo Developer Lends a Hand

John Court the Managing Director of JB Investments which is developing the lifestyle blocks of Mauravillo Estate in Wundowie recently contributed to AHMAG’s campaign and has pledged to donate again in six months’ time.

John is adamant that he does not want bauxite mining anywhere near the estate and is happy to contribute to our fight to protect the environment, lifestyle and property values of those who will soon call Mauravillo home.

Like AHMAG, John and his general manager Steve Rushforth are not opposed to bauxite mining in general but are opposed to it occurring so close to Perth Hills communities. A big thank you to John and Steve and we look forward to their ongoing support.

While many think the Chinese state-owned Yankuang Bauxite Resources group has left the area some are beginning to realise that by its ongoing sponsorship of local shows it is a sleeping dragon which will one day wake up from its mining-proposal status to push for a full-blown 24/7 mining operation.

AHMAG

Gidgegannup Agricultural Show 2016

A big thank you to the Gidgy Ag Society for organizing another great show and to all of our supporters for signing petitions in a constant flow throughout the day.

We would also like to thank our AHMAG army helpers who are always there to help on show days.

Our group are determined to keep destructive bauxite mining from being able to operate here in the Avon and Hills region of the Darling Scarp and with your help, it will not proceed !!!.

AHMAG

EPA calls for a clearing audit

Monday the 24th of October 2016 saw an article written by Daniel Mercer in the West Australian where he states that the environmental watchdog has raised concerns over the amount of bush being bulldozed across the state and apparently the EPA have called for an audit to ensure sites are protected.

It has been estimated that from 2001 to 2009 almost 7,000 ha was cleared which is an area twice the size of Kings Park every year. The article goes on to say that the EPA are particularly concerned about the cumulative impact in Perth, Peel, Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions and that in some urban areas the temperatures could be up to 15C hotter than surrounding natural landscapes.

Mining seems to be all but exempt from clearing regulations provided that rehabilitation follows mining. Both the Felicitas and Fortuna resources have many thousands of acres of bushland that will be destroyed by mining and the effects of clearing may not be felt straight away, but over the 25 plus years that has been suggested for the life of the mines, our local weather is almost certain to change because of it.

I am always amazed at how the EPA and different forms of development work together to supposedly produce the best outcomes for all concerned, but the environment is always the biggest looser with humans running a close second.

AHMAG

Click on the image below to read the full article.

Toodyay Ag Show 2016

AHMAG would like to thank the Toodyay Agricultural Society for organizing another great show and for always allowing our group to create awareness and inform others as to where mining is proposed in our region.

Even though it rained on and off for most of the day, we had a steady flow of people signing our new petition against Yankuang’s plans to open cut mine for bauxite in the Avon and Hills region within 100 km from Perth’s C.B.D.

Yankuang did not attend this year’s event but were still a major sponsor, which merely confirms their intention to progress with mining here when economic conditions improve in China.

Given there are some 270,000,000 million tonnes of bauxite that has been identified so far in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo in both the Fortuna and Felicitas resources, these proposed mines will continue to remain high on their list of future mines and proposals that they will NEVER willingly walk away from.

With Bauxite resource limited (BRL) obtaining 2 new tenements in the area, one in Julimar and the other in Wundowie either side of the existing resources, there is little doubt that many more millions of tonnes of bauxite will be identified by BRL and their new JV partners, being Chinese State owned HD mining.

A very big thank you to Dave, Hope, Ieva, Shan and Diana for helping out on the day and a reminder to those of you who could not come to the Toodyay show, we will do it all again at the Gidgegannup show on the 29th of October.

AHMAG

Yankuang sponsors the 163rd Toodyay Agricultural Show

2016 is now known as the year that one of Chinas’ largest State owned coal mining giants, being Yankuang Group became sole owners of the Fortuna and Felicitas bauxite resources, along with many other tenements here in the Shires of Toodyay, Northam Mundaring and Swan.

This happened when the joint venture between Yankuang and ASX listed company Bauxite resource limited (BRL), who were trading as Bauxite alumina joint ventures, (BAJV) decided to part company after not being able to reconcile a long running dispute, over a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) to build a refinery in the region.

This saw BAJV terminated and the birth of another 100% Yankuang subsidiary, Yankuang bauxite resources, who bought out BRL’s interest in the JV. BAJV was terminated early in 2016, but not before an agreement was struck to pay BRL 50 cents per tonne for the first 100,000,000 tonnes that is mined, if and when, Yankuang are able to get approvals to mine the Felicitas and Fortuna resources.

This left a strong and binding relationship between BRL and Yankuang.

In July and August this year BRL were granted 2 new tenements, one in Julimar and another one which covers the town site of Wundowie and all the way down to the Inkpen nature reserve. Both of which could also end up being 100% owned by the Chinese at some point in the future.

Yankuang is one of 8 entities this year who is sponsoring the Toodyay Ag Show, only this time it is not by way of a joint venture with an ASX listed company, but under the Chinese name of Yankuang Bauxite Resources.

It is anyone's guess as to how big this could all become, but one thing is for sure, it will not be good for anyone who owns property or lives close to these proposed sites, or for any business in Toodyay that relies on tourism as a major source of income.

AHMAG will be at the show collecting signatures on our new petitions and handing out flyers against plans by Yankuang to open cut mine for bauxite in Toodyay and other shires in this region and we would like to invite you to drop in and see us, sign a petition and for a gold coin donation you can pick up one of our No Bauxite Mining Here bumper stickers.

Come and say hello this Saturday the 8th of October, we will be at bay A1 near the monster ball rides, we look forward to seeing you there.

AHMAG

Gidgegannup’s Draft Local Area Plan (GDLAP) touches on mining

Under the Content heading of a July 2016 Draft Gidgegannup Local Area plan (page 10 Item 2.1) the Swan Shire identifies bauxite / alumina as a valuable resource in the Gidgegannup region.

The GDLAP also touches on issues that are associated with mining and or extractive industries and they are:

  • Dust: Air – dust mentioned. Item 6.1.8 
  • Noise: From mining activities to the north east of Gidgy. Item 6.1.9
  • Increased traffic: On both road and Rail. Item 6.1.9
  • Rail: 50% increase in rail movements. Item 7.82
  • Key Issues: Page 40 Table 5.Potential loss of biodiversity & the emphasis on the need to consider the significance of the environment and assets of the ‘Hills’ lifestyle, page 40 Table 5.
  • Limited sustainable water, also page 40 Table 5.(Opinion - mining would contribute to this).

It is also important to note that the City of Swan conducted a Transport Strategy in 2014, where it was identified that there will be growth in rail movements by up to 50% in the next 10 years.

Without seeing a copy of the Transport strategy, it can only be assumed that much of the growth would more than likely come from mining along the Brookfield rail network north east of Gidgegannup.

The mention of mining in a DRAFT Local Area plan merely reinforces the very real threat of open cut bauxite mining here in the Avon and Hills region.

Current tenement holders of the Felicitas and Fortuna resources Yankuang bauxite resources, will no doubt try to mine these and other tenements to the north east of Gidgy at some point in the future and this DRAFT local area plan, merely allows provision for that to happen and should fly a bright RED flag in the face of everyone who lives here.

We must all remain vigilant and steadfast against mining here, or the potential issues listed, plus many more, WILL one day become our reality.

To view and read the Draft Gidgegannup Local Area plan click here.

Some readers may take a different view point, but AHMAG report it as we see it.

AHMAG

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