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

Toodyay Herald - Nov 2014

  • Shire in quandary over bauxite mining protests (front page)
  • Mexican stand-off over proposed bauxite mine (page 2)
  • Toodyay Herald - From the Editor (page 4)
  • A modest proposal - Letter to the Editor (page 4)

View or download the PDF: Toodyay Herald - November 2014 - Part 1

Scoping Study Diagram

The Following Scoping Study Diagram was Taken from BRL’s AGM Presentation that was given to shareholders and it relates to the bauxite movement from the proposed mine sites at Fortuna and Felicitas near Wundowie to the proposed rail siding at the Avon River.

Click the image below to view or download a larger PDF version. 

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Residents Meeting at Wundowie Community Hall

AHMAG would like to thank the 50 residents of Wundowie and Wooroloo who attended the Residents meeting held in the Wundowie Community Hall on Saturday the 25th of October.

It was a great turn out given the short notice that was given and when the question was asked as to whom supported mining in our back yard, there was a resounding 95% No vote from within the hall.

AHMAG Residents Meeting at Wundowie Community Hall
We know there will always be people, who believe that mining will bring jobs and people to the area and one attendee mentioned that the mine will attract more families to Wundowie and children will attend the school, we respect those views, but we believe that Land subdivisions like the new Mauravillo Estate, along with the land opposite that has also been re -zoned for subdivision, will bring families and kids to attend the Wundowie school, but if both the Fortuna and Felicitas mine get up and running in the next couple of years, the impact on that new estate will be devastating, as it will be almost surrounded by open cut bauxite mining.

That’s why we believe the negative impact on all of our lifestyles and property values will well and truly out way any perceived benefits....

AHMAG would once again like to point out, that like most people in our communities, our group IS NOT ANTI - MINING, we just do not want mining in our back yard and we feel pretty confident that Bill Moss the CEO of BAJV and Peter Canterbury the CEO of BRL will not be selling their properties any time soon to move into the Mauravillo Estate to be surrounded by both the Fortuna and Felicitas Resource.

We have spoken to a number of FIFO workers in our community that all say the same thing: “We go away to work on a mine site because that’s where the BIG money is and you can’t earn that type of money around here and we rely on mining for our income. The reason we purchased our properties in this area is because we are in the country, yet close to the city and there is no mining!!!. We do not want mining in our kids back yard”.

Enough Said

AHMAG

AHMAG Notice - October 2014

Download the full PDF: AHMAG Notice - October 2014

Info Note # 4 - Making an EPA Submission

Full article

Making a Public Submission under the WA Environmental Approvals process

Summary

Projects that may have a significant impact on the environment are assessed by the EPA under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA).

So you want to have a say about bauxite mining in the Avon and Hills area…. Where to from here?

Stage 1

Keep an eye on the EPA website to see if proposed bauxite mining projects have been referred to the EPA: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/ (or you can subscribe to the EPA’s automatic notification service on the website) and make a submission.

Stage 2

Wait for the EPA’s announcement to see what level of assessment has been set…. And then we’ll tackle Stage 2 – we will provide more information on Stage 2 in the future, stay tuned to www.ahmag.com.au

Info Note #3 - EPA consultation and public comment

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) undertakes a range of consultative processes relating to proposals being assessed.

All opportunities for public comment and submissions are published on the EPA's consultation hub at https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au 

You can subscribe to be notified when new EPA items are published by:

FAQ and Statements

See our Frequently Asked Questions

Benchmarking


AHMAG are on an information hunt. We want to gather as much information as we can, from anyone living anywhere near the proposed mine site:

  • Do you have a spring on your property, or perhaps a stream? If so what is the water quality like, does it run all year and do you draw water from it?
  • Do you have a bore? What is the water quality like and what flow rate does it have?
  • Do you Farm your land? If so, what do you grow?

We would like to collect this information now so that we can state facts in relation to how many rural enterprises will be effected, e.g.:

  • Orchards
  • Olive groves
  • Nut farms
  • Vineyards
  • Organic herb farms
  • Goat dairies
  • Animal husbandry
  • Agistment properties, and so on...

Let us help you - You Are Not Alone!

Please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or post a note to: AHMAG, PO Box 111, Gidgegannup WA 6083

All information will be held strictly confidential.

Info Note #2 - Exploration and Landowners Rights

Click the link below to view or download the PDF.

Exploration and Landowners Rights

Reply to Statements made at recent Residents' Meeting

We promised at the Residents meeting to use our best endeavours to supply factual information to you at all times, and below you will find facts that correct a statement made by MLC Paul Brown at our meeting.

Paul stated that The Minister for the Environment would have the final say on whether a proposed bauxite mine would go ahead in our back yard.

Fact:

The Minister for Environment does have the final say on approvals under the Environmental Protection Act (1986) such as the Part IV approvals like Public Environmental Review’s which would be the primary environmental approval for the project unless the EPA decides not to formally assess.  The Department of Environment Regulation has responsibility for licences and Part V approvals under the EP Act.  The Minister for Mines has responsibility for Mining Approvals like Mining Proposals.  Then there are approvals under the Aboriginal Heritage Act if there are heritage sites affected (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) and there is a State Agreement which is the responsibility of the Minister for State Development (Colin Barnett).

MLC Paul Brown suggested that we focus our attention on the Minister for Environment.  Clearly there are a number of others involved in approvals processes. 

In the end if there is enough opposition the politicians will listen!!!.

Thanks for your EDP submissions

To everyone who took the time to forward a submission of concern about bauxite mining being in the Toodyay Shire EDP (Economic Development Plan), THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your efforts. A total of 75 submissions were sent to the Toodyay Shire, again well done. 

The Toodyay Shire Draft EDP with the submission from one resident has been sent back to the Consultants to review. This means it is not over. If all the other submissions are not going to be taken into consideration with the redraft, then for you this is not over. Council meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, starting at 4:00 pm.

Our representative reports:

Basically What Happened is:

Cr Firns moved an alternative motion to the officers recommendations as follows:

That Council:

  1. Defer the adoption of the DRAFT Economic Development Plan pending action under the recommendation on page 468 of the agenda in relation to submission No. 32 and any other concerns arising from the draft EDP; and 
  2. Request the CEO to contact RPS in relation to the above.

On Page 73.

MINUTES OF ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON 26 AUGUST 2014

Clarification was sought.

COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO 260/08/14

MOVED Cr Firns

That Council:

  1. Defer the adoption of the DRAFT Economic Development Plan pending action under the recommendation on page 468 of the agenda in relation to submission No. 32 and any other concerns arising from the draft EDP; and 
  2. Request the CEO to contact RPS in relation to the above.

MOTION CARRIED 9/0

The decision made above, although significantly different to the Officers Recommendation, has been made to enable Council to return the item again for further consideration pending deliberation by Council in regard to a “considered” response to be provided to submissions received.

We heard you loud and clear!

Thank you everyone for attending the Resident's meeting on 30th August at Morangup Community Hall. The Progress Association and the newly formed Avon & Hills Mining Awareness Group hosted a joint meeting to find out what the community's response is to several issues causing concern in our community and the hall was packed to capacity. Telstra's never ending problems with Mobile and landline services continue to plague our community, but the main topic was the proposal to mine bauxite in Morangup.

A show of hands, pictured above, for those AGAINST MINING IN OUR SUBURB is proof enough that the Toodyay Shire and BAJV have underestimated the sentiment that would be felt in our tight knit community and a final count put just under 150 residents in attendance with only one person being pro – mining.

We heard your questions, and appreciate your suggestions about the sensitivity of the environment, the water resources and the land values as they came in. It was also very good to hear from people about our unique flora and fauna, not common knowledge to most of us. So please visit the website as frequently as you can to view maps, and incoming information - www.ahmag.com.au and please feel free to email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have a question or would like to share information that may assist our cause.

The Morangup Progress Association has been exceptionally busy handling all sorts of complaints from Telstra and Toodyay Road slipways, to no buses/safe bus stops for our children to attend schools in Toodyay  or special needs schools in Northam. The Progress Association wants to know about all issues in Morangup so we can take steps to put before our councillors and ultimately the governing bodies concerned.      Once more thanks for the wonderful turn out and offer of support!

No Bauxite Mining Here

Racing crowd must have noticed these signs at Toodyay on Sunday 28th September!

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