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Something In The Air - Yarloop

Something in the Air was a special Four Corners report that was produced to shine a spot light on the effects that Alcoa's Wagerup Refinery was having on the residents living in Yarloop and went to air on the 30th of October 2005, well before the devastating fires that destroyed most of the historic town site.

In the video you will see some rare footage of the town of Yarloop and some of the historical buildings prior to the devastating fires that all but destroyed the entire town. You will hear conversations about the effects of the refinery on members of the community and denials from Alcoa, as well as plans by Alcoa for the future expansion of the Wagerup refinery.

These plans were back in the news this week: Alcoa wants Wagerup option.

In the 44 minute video (see YouTube link below) you will hear arguments from residents that believe there have been no effects from the refinery on the community, as well as residents who were sick. Just try to remember that not everyone who worked in Wittenoom developed Asbestosis or Mesothelioma.

It is a cruel irony to say the least that the Community Alliance For Positive Solutions Group (CAPS) continually lobbied Alcoa and the Government to relocate the town of Yarloop to a safer distance from the refinery, only for Yarloop to be almost completely destroyed by fire in January 2016.

Our thoughts are still with the Yarloop community and we wish them well!

CAPS6218 Facebook page

We would encourage everyone to watch the video and share this post with your family and friends, because if bauxite mining begins here in the Perth Hills along the Darling Range, it will start the perfect storm where first mining is allowed, then a refinery comes within 5 or so years. We do not want another Yarloop scenario in our region.

“Together we will be heard”

AHMAG

 

Breaking News - BAJV Office Shutting Down

The Toodyay Shire-owned office of BAJV is to shut next to the Bendigo bank in Toodyay, effective as of today the 29th of January 2016, stating economic conditions and name changes as the reason for closure.

This is great news in the short term, but Yankuang Resource Limited which is 100% owned by the People's Republic of China (PRC) will no doubt be back at some stage in the future.

BAJV's Facebook admin were unsure what was going on and had called the new entity Yankuang Resource Limited and then they call them Yankuang Bauxite Resource Limited in their FB release yesterday. Rather than edit the post they removed it altogether to delete shares to this and other pages.

Supporters of these outrageous proposals who have sent in CVs and EOIs with the promise of jobs look set to be dissapointed given the time frames that were always stated in relation to a mine start-up.

BAJV had always stated that approvals should be in place by 2017, then mine constuction work would take 12 months and a mine operating by 2018.
There is an old saying and that is "all miners are liars, the bigger the miner the bigger the liar". BAJV caused many disputes within our communities and the doors will close today.

AHMAG are not sure how long the threat will be at bay, but we will be patiently waiting for the return of the Yankuang Resources Limited (PRC).
This is a good reminder that we should all be a little more careful about promises made by mining companies before aligning ourselves with them.

Following you can read the original post. Then click here to read the altered post

NEWS UPDATE & CHANGE OF NAME

The sale of Bauxite Resources Limited’s interest in Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures to Yankuang Resources Limited has now been completed.
This means:

  • BRL has transferred to Yankuang all its interests in the tenements that relate to the joint ventures;
  • Yankuang has paid BRL $7.15 million and will pay a royalty of 0.9% of the FOB price for the first 100 million tonnes of bauxite mined from the Fortuna and Felicitas tenements;
  • BRL has bought back Yankuang’s 19,700,000 shares in BRL for the sum of $1.15 million.

Given the current economic climate, we will be focusing on the activities required to maintain the tenements in good standing.

Further development work on the Felicitas and Fortuna projects will be deferred until economic conditions improve.

We will be closing the Toodyay Office effective 29/01/15 until further notice. As it is still early on in this changeover we anticipate the website and Facebook pages will be rebranded under the new name - Yankuang Bauxite Resources Limited and will advise accordingly of changes. Please keep in touch as will we.

In the interim if you have any further enquires please contact Bruce Groenewald, Exploration Manager, Yankuang Bauxite Resources Ltd on 9200 6300.

"We WILL fight them head on when they return".

AHMAG
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Update

Yankuang Complete Purchase with BRL For 100% Control of Felicitas and Fortuna Resources.

Money has changed hands, shares bought back and Yankuang representative resigns from the BRL board.

Bauxite Resources Limited advised the ASX today that completion of the Yankuang takeover of BRL’s interests in the Felicitas and Fortuna resources was completed and reads as follows.

COMPLETION OF SALE OF YANKUANG JOINT VENTURE INTEREST AND BUY-BACK OF SHARES

Bauxite Resources Limited (‘BRL’) advises that completion of the sale of BRL’s interest in the Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (‘BAJV’), and the Buy-back of all of Yankuang’s shares in BRL, occurred this morning following BRL Shareholder approval of the transaction at the EGM held on 18th January 2016.

Click on this HotCopper link to read the full release.

If ever there was any doubt as to whether or not this would actually happen, it has well and truly been dispelled.

We can no longer keep our heads in the sand, we must continue to fight to protect our Darling Scarp or over time all will be lost!

“Together We Will Be Heard”

AHMAG

 

Toodyay Collection for Yarloop

John Minchin and Melanie Pree have started mobilising the Toodyay collection for the fire affected in Yarloop. Shortly the drop off point and times will be released so please stand by if you can assist with donations.

Items required to start with are 'clean up' tools, buckets and other items, 'treasures', toiletries and clothing. At this stage furniture is not needed because most people are being billeted (no room for storage).

Any queries please contact John or Melanie on 9574.4664.

Posted by Rosemary Madacsi on the following Facebook pages:
Toodyay Happenings
Toodyay Discussions
Morangup

 

The Avon Valley National Park

To kick-start 2016, on New Year’s day members of the Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group Inc (AHMAG) drove along Morangup Rd, through the Morangup timber reserve on their way to Bald Hill in the Avon Valley National Park (AVNP), where they were once again treated to the sheer beauty of one of WA’s best kept secrets.

Have you ever visited the Avon Valley National Park?

The AVNP is another one of those wonders that very few people actually realize is on the door step of the metro area right here in the Perth Hills.

The community of Morangup know exactly where it is, as it is literally on the doorstep of their own community adjoining the Morangup Timber Reserve.

The Avon River, which is named Golguler by the Darling Range Nyoongar people, runs through the center of the Avon Valley National Park where it rushes downstream in the winter months through the high rocky hills and outcrops to join the Swan River in the Walyunga National Park near Bells rapids and Brigadoon.

The Avon Valley National Park, the Timber and Nature Reserves are all cherished neighbours of the close knit community of Morangup and these Parks and reserves are home to many different species of Flora and Fauna.

To the horror of most locals there is a new neighbour wanting to move in next door “BAJV / BRL and Mining” which is soon to be 100% owned by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Many believe these companies and mining will be the neighbours from Hell and will bring with them all of the negative effects that full blown open cut bauxite mining has on local communities and the environment.

Did you know that under the mining Act, Timber and Nature reserves have no real protection from mining and even National Parks can be mined, it just takes longer to get approvals?

Imagine if the Felicitas and the Fortuna mines obtain approvals to operate and in 10 or 15 years or maybe even less, the PROC move the operations into the Morangup Timber Reserve. The Morangup community would have mining on 3 sides, being the West, North and already proposed Eastern side of the community. (See map below)

What will be next? The Moondyne nature reserve, the Morangup nature reserve or even the Avon Valley National Park itself!
Did you know that there are pending tenements over the Morangup timber reserve, the Moodyne nature reserve and parts of the Avon valley national park!!!

Some believe that open cut bauxite mining is nothing more than a big gravel pit and that the effects will be minimal, but most understand that mining here is a massive threat not only to our community of Morangup, but to Toodyay, Wundowie, Wooroloo and the environment itself.
Any approvals to mine alongside these reserves and the local communities will only see:

  • 24/7 noise from Heavy machinery including surface miners, dump trucks, dozers, excavators etc.
  • 24/7 noise from reverse beepers.
  • 24/7 noise from crushing plants.
  • 24/7 noise from a 20 km conveyor feeding the crushing plant.
  • Blasting.
  • Dust clouds from the mining operation.
  • Contaminated rain water from dust containing Silica and other harmful substances (Reticulated scheme water is not available in Morangup)
  • Losses to ground water which will be used for dust suppression.
  • Destruction of native vegetation and bush land.
  • Over time trees near mine pits will die from the lack of ground water and moisture.
  • There will be Changes to the way in which water flows into creeks, rivers and ground water recharges.
  • Destruction of farmland when top soil is removed and the bauxite ripped out all the way down to the clay bed.
  • Losses to tourism along the tourist route.
  • Losses of jobs in tourism and other sectors.
  • Losses of jobs in organic farms due to crop contamination from dust etc.
  • Light pollution, which will destroy our beautiful dark night skies.
  • Desolation of plant and animal species.
  • Losses to property values.

The constant threat of mining in the Nature reserves and the Avon valley national park will continue while tenements are granted for exploration, not only for bauxite, but Gold, Iron and any other mineral that could be mined if exploration discovers economic quantities of any ore that could be potentially mined for profit.

How exactly does mining fit in to this location, or into the lifestyles of the Communities of Morangup, Toodyay, Wundowie or Wooroloo who all call this beautiful area home?

We must protect these areas before they are destroyed forever and with your help we can!

Please share this post, like us on Facebook and ask your family and friends to do the same, because “Together We Will Be Heard” and this year we intend to make more noise than in 2015.

If you only visit one place in WA this year, please consider treating yourself to the wonders of the Avon Valley National Park and Bald Hill, where you will be in awe!

AHMAG

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There Is A Bad Smell In The Air...

...And It Is Not The Opal Vale Tip

On the 15th of December 2015 the Toodyay Shire used the last council meeting for 2015 to usher in a much contested M.6 policy on mining.

The Toodyay Council have always maintained a so called neutral stance on mining and in the Agenda for the January Ordinary Shire meeting, the Shire Officer (CEO Stan Scott) included a DRAFT mining policy (which he had previously written) called the M.6 mining policy..

It is important to note that there is no other Local Government (Shires) in WA that have adopted a policy on mining. There is a good reason for that, Local Governments can neither grant nor refuse a mining application, as these approvals are only done at State and Federal Government levels.

Having said that the Shire of Coorow wrote and adopted a policy on FRACKING and the same policy was also adopted by the shire of Carnamah. This policy combines Petroleum (Fracking), Mining and Extractive industries. We have it on good authority that the Toodyay Shire Officer was in possession of this policy prior to writing his own version for the Toodyay Shire.

Here is the link to read the full Coorow “Policy – Economic Services”, pages 44 - 46:

When the M.6 policy was first introduced in January 2015 and went out for public comment calling for submissions, AHMAG and other concerned members of the community wrote 22 submissions which outlined many concerns about the policy, as the policy gives council the ability to have close contact with mining proponents prior to having an operational business model approved by the regulatory authorities such as the DMP, the EPA and the DER.

ONE OF THE MAIN ITEMS OF CONCERN IN THE M.6 MINING POLICY IS THIS STATEMENT:

Council delivers many services, projects, events and facilities. There may be occasions where these services, projects, events and facilities are sponsored or co-funded by a mining proponent. Such funding or sponsorship will not dilute Council’s commitments as set out in this policy.

AHMAG COMMENT:

Council own the Bendigo Bank Building and when the adjoining building alongside the Bank became available in 2014, there were a number of applicants including Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) who applied for the premises and instead of remaining neutral and choosing a neutral tenant, Council had the ultimate say and chose BAJV as co-tenants with the Bendigo Bank.

Council co-sponsor the Toodyay Ag Show with BAJV which enables BAJV to advertise themselves throughout the community alongside the Toodyay Shire.

How can council remain Neutral when they are DERIVING AN INCOME from BAJV? This is not a neutral stance on mining this is promoting a would be miner and definitely dilutes the ability to be impartial on mining in anyway.

How can the Toodyay Council stand up and speak out on behalf of their constituents under clause 120 of the mining act, when clearly they have a conflict of interest with the mining proponents.

COOROW POLICY – ECONOMIC SERVICES… PETROLEUM, MINING AND EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES POLICY

It should also be noted that in the Coorow policy it does not mention that the Coorow council would be involved in any co funding or sponsorship with mining proponents, this is a Toodyay Shire initiative.

IN THE POLICY THE KEY OBJECTIVES STATE THE FOLLOWING:

OBJECTIVES:

  • To ensure that local values relating to lifestyle and quality of life, including public health, amenity, biodiversity, water (both surface and ground), and other economic sectors (such as agriculture and tourism) are adequately considered and protected from such development or expansion of any extractive industry activity in the Shire of Coorow.
  • To ensure that any extractive industry activity is thoroughly assessed, monitored and managed effectively to meet all conditions of development consent, and endeavor to continuously improve operational practices to reduce environmental impacts wherever practicable.
  • To ensure petroleum and mining companies build a commitment to best practice standards for petroleum and mining activity in the shire of Coorow, and actively participate in local communities.

AHMAG COMMENT:

There is a world of difference between the Coorow policy and the M.6 mining policy just adopted by the Toodyay Council. These are the Objectives recently adopted by Toodyay:

OBJECTIVES:

  • To ensure that Council staff and the Community have an understanding of
    Councils role in mining approvals;
  • To provide an agreed policy position for Council’s advocacy with mining
    proponents and approval agencies.

COOROW SHIRE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION:
In respect to current and future proposals for on-shore petroleum or other extractive industries council will:
a. Effectively consult communities within the shire regarding onshore petroleum developments and represent the concerns and interests of these communities in decision making on all matters relating to developments:
b. Assume a leadership role in negotiating with state Government and resource companies to ensure that any petroleum or mineral resource projects in the Shire provide benefit to the community, and individuals within the community where appropriate:
c. Ensure that the protection of the health of communities and the protection of the ground water resources is afforded the highest priority in decision – making by the Shire:
d. Support and advocate for the rights of communities and residents within the Shire to clean water, clean air and enjoyment of land without pollution or nuisance:
e. Facilitate an open dialogue and discussion within the community of all stakeholders, based on the sharing of accurate information to encourage an informed debate about issues related to mining.

TOODYAY M.6 MINING POLICY COMMUNITY CONSULTATION:
Council supports transparency and full disclosure of project developments to the community as soon as is reasonably practicable within the constraints of proponents’ continuous disclosure obligations. The Shire is unable to take on aproponent’s responsibility to keep the community informed. Any Shire consultation activities will be in accordance with Council Policy M2 – Public Consultation.

AHMAG COMMENT:

Coorow Shire will effectively consult communities within their shire. Toodyay however put the onus back onto the mining and exploration companies, this is why we were never told of the exploration that had been going on in the Toodyay Shire since early 2011.

Then when the news broke in the Toodyay Herald in 2014 and we started asking questions as to why we were not informed by the Toodyay Shire, Council threw their hands in the air and blamed BAJV for the information vacuum.

Here is the link to read the full Toodyay M.6 Mining policy, Item 9.5.2, pages 28 - 30

AHMAG COMMENT:

Unlike the Policy adopted by Coorow the M.6 Mining policy does not pack any of the punch that you would expect of a Council whose main interests were the protection of the communities that are located within the Shire and to protect the amenity and lifestyles of those communities where they can enjoy, clean air, clean water, enjoyment of land without pollution or nuisance, agriculture, tourism etc.

The Toodyay Council sat on this very flawed M.6 Mining policy for the whole of 2015 and it was not until 4 new councillors occupied seats in the chamber, the last council meeting for the year and a special meeting for the Toodyay Herald which saw a packed house at the Toodyay Resource Centre that the policy was put back on the Agenda.

Was this a ploy to avoid another packed public gallery opposing the policy so that it would just slip through at the Eleventh hour?

You be the judge, but something does not smell right at 15 Fiennes Street, (Council Chambers) Toodyay Western Australia 6566.

AHMAG

 

Mining Act Amendment Bill

MEDIA RELEASE

ROBIN CHAPPLE MLC - Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

Greens introduce mining amendments to protect regional communities.

Friday, 04 December

WA Greens MLC Robin Chapple today introduced a Mining Act amendment bill that would give communities the power to reject mining proposals within their local government area through planning schemes.

“The purpose of this bill is to address community concerns about the capacity of the Mining Act to override local or regional planning schemes, essentially handing power back to the people,” Mr Chapple said.

“Proposals to mine, and refine, bauxite in the Avon Hills area, and all along the Darling Scarp, have prompted me to bring this bill forward.

“There has been massive community opposition to those proposals from residents in the Shires of Mundaring, Northam and Toodyay who believe – and I strongly agree – that to mine in the Perth Hills so close to the metropolitan area would be both socially and environmentally irresponsible.

“However, there are other significant mining threats to communities across our state – particularly from the fledgling unconventional gas industry – and I hope this bill will also empower other communities who are in opposition to invasive mining activities.

“This Bill delivers to local communities, with the concurrence of the Minister for Planning, the power to reflect in their planning schemes what land uses they want without the Mining Act’s power of veto rendering such schemes merely advisory.”

Released by Media Liaison for Robin Chapple,
Tim Oliver 0431 9696 25 or 9486 8255.

END

It is important to NOTE that this Bill must still be ratified before any amendments to the Mining Act will occur and that many Bills fail, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

AHMAG

 

Your New Neighbours ???

The People’s Republic of China (PRC)

Yankuang Resources is a Chinese state-owned company from the People’s Republic of China and today they moved one step closer to becoming sole 100% owners of both the Felicitas and Fortuna resources, along with all other tenements owned by the soon to be terminated Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV)

BAJV is a joint venture between Yankuang Resources and Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL).

The community members of Morangup, Wooroloo and Wundowie first heard about the proposals to open cut mine for bauxite, when the Editor of the Toodyay Herald, Michael Sinclair-Jones, first broke the story in the July edition of the Herald back in 2014.

Mr Sinclair-Jones highlighted that the Felicitas resource had been included in the Toodyay Shire’s DRAFT Economic Development Plan (EDP), which was later adopted.

Some people in these communities have been of the opinion that the proposals to mine bauxite here would never get off the ground and given the JV looks set to be terminated and BRL are selling out to Yankuang, we have to say that under the current management, they may have been right.

However, when the PRC become 100% owners of not only the Felicitas resource, but the 100% BRL owned Fortuna resource and all tenement owned by BAJV. That may be all about to change.

AHMAG are of the opinion that the threat to the Darling Range, the Perth Hills, the Avon valley national park, the Moondyne nature reserve, the Morangup timber reserve and the Avon valley has been heightened in light of the current plans for the 100% sale to the PRC.

While there were issues with the JV over funding to proceed with the Felicitas resource and funding to move forward with a bankable feasibility study (BFS) to build a refinery somewhere in the region, it seems we may have been relatively safe. That was until now.

We all need to ask ourselves, what type of legacy do we want to leave to our children and our grandchildren?

Do we want clean air, uncontaminated rain water, beautiful night skies, peace & quiet, to be surrounded by our amazing healthy environment and the flora and fauna that we share our lives with, a good supply of unpolluted ground water and good steady growth for our property values?

Isn’t that why we all bought here?

Or do we want to live next to a 24/7 mining operation that will destroy it all?

The choice is Ours, NOT theirs!

“Together We Will Be Heard”

AHMAG.

Click here to read the latest ASX announcement on HotCopper. Press Download Document and then Open to read.


  

4,300 Signatures Presented

What a great turnout for the petition presentation today.

Chris Tallentire the shadow environment minister and Labor’s preselected Federal candidate Bill Leadbetter where there on the steps of parliament when Chris accept our 4,300 strong petition which he tabled in the Legislative Assembly shortly after.

AHMAG would like to thank Chris Tallentire for accepting the petition and for his words of concern and support in his later address to the legislative assembly.

We would also like to thank Bill Leadbetter for attending the presentation and showing support for what is shaping up to be an election issue in regard to mining in the Perth Hills along the Darling Scarp, as with thousands of concerned people signing petitions in opposition, it will become impossible for all sides of politics to ignore.

A big thank you needs to go our supporters who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the presentation and then later sit in the public gallery while the petition was tabled, your ongoing support is invaluable.

Thanks also to Clair Medhurst from R4RM for attending and showing support:
R4RM Website
R4RM Facebook Page

And to Vince and John from the CAPS group from Yarloop for giving up their time to travel to Perth to support us with the presentation.
CAPS Website
CAPS Facebook Page

Then of course a massive thank you to everyone who has shown support against the proposals to mine here in the Darling Scarp by signing our petition, as without your precious signatures we would not have a petition to present.
 
These types of proposals do need community support by way of a social license and if that is not given by the communities that will be affected, then the would be miners (the proponents) will have an extremely tough time getting the proposals through the EPA and the DER.

AHMAG know that this battle will be a marathon and not a sprint, but with your ongoing help and support we can and will win.

Please continue to like and share our page and ask your family and friends to do the same, as awareness is the key to gaining more and more support.

You can say no to mining, but it must be done now, as when the projects get referred to the EPA, then the horse has already bolted.

“Together We Will Be Heard”

AHMAG


Picture left to right: Bill Leadbetter, Brian Dale, Chris Tallentire
Picture taken by Peter Harms

 

Imagine This

You have bought your forever property surrounded by the Morangup Timber reserve, the Avon Valley national park, the Morangup nature reserve, the Woondowing nature reserve or veiws across neighouring farm land only to learn that, if approved, a 24 /7 open cut bauxite mining operation could one day be your new neighbour.

What would you do?

Do you work with the mining proponents to help them design a mine that in the opinion of the proponents will be suitable to be located near your home? Or do you reject the very notion of such a proposal and fight to protect your way of life, the environment, the flora & fauna and everything that you moved to the area for in the first place.

Unfortunately mining is something that we all depend on, but surely we would all agree that there are places where mining should not occur, especially when mining will disrupt the lives of so many for the benefit of so few.

Who doesn’t enjoy taking in the beauty of the hills and valleys as you drive along Toodyay Rd while watching the scenery change with the seasons. How many of you have plans to move out of the city to live in an unspoiled area where the air is clean, the taste of unpolluted rain water is better than bought bottled water, the nights are quiet and the stars are amazing.

Is that not worth fighting for?

Most of the people living in these areas once lived in the city and all dreamt of escaping the rat race where they could own a little piece of paradise, while still being close enough to commute down the hill for work. Living alongside mining has never been part of the plan.

Would we not all agree that there is a point when royalties to state & federal Governments and a hand full of jobs should not be the only determining factor in decisions that are made on our behalf?

As citizens of this great democratic country that we all live in, we do have a say in what happens, we can change government policy, but this does not happen with one lone voice, it can only happen with the voices of many.

If you love the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley, then join AHMAG on the steps of Parliament House at 11:30 am on Wednesday the 25th of November and let’s show the politicians that mining along the Darling Scarp this close to metropolitan Perth is NOT acceptable, because if we do nothing we will one day look back with much regret.

AHMAG

We Need Your Help and Support

AHMAG are going back to Parliament House to present thousands of signatures on petitions to Chris Tallentire the Shadow Environment Minister (Legislative Assembly) and it would be great if you could all come along to show your support.

Where: The steps of Parliament House, Harvest Tce, West Perth

When: Wednesday the 25th of November 2015

Time: 11:30 am

We will be car pooling to enable people to come along who would not otherwise do so. If you intend coming ask your friends, your family or your neighbours if they need a lift.

Let’s show the politicians how many people do not want open-cut bauxite mining in the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley.

We hope to see you there.

AHMAG

The Propaganda Machine Continues To Self-Destruct

Even before it was announced to the ASX by BRL that the Felecitas and Fortuna recourses look set to become 100% owned by the People’s Republic of China, more members of the BAJV / BRL propaganda machine had resigned from the bauxite mining community advisory group (BMCAG).

The count continues to grow, but this time it was the well respected and valued members of the Toodyay Naturalist club, the Friends of the River and the Avon Valley Environment Society.

Given the stature of these representatives and what they stand for, it is pretty obvious that they did not wish to be used as pawns in a smoke and mirror campaign that has pictured members of these groups on Facebook and other media sources, where it appears that they have openly endorsed the destruction that will be caused if and when the proposed mines ever obtain approvals.

It has been pretty easy for BAJV / BRL to manipulate photographs and text to deceive our communities into believing that the Toodyay Naturalist club, the Friends of the River and the Avon Valley Environment Society were on board with these outrageous proposals.

In fact AHMAG members have even had people make the comment that the proposals must all be OK because the guys from the environmental groups are on the CAG.

Well they are not on it any longer. The question now is how long will it take for other members of the group to see through the smoke and mirrors that these companies are so good at putting in place to deflect what will really happen in our communities.

AHMAG

What a Great Show

Near perfect conditions saw people from surrounding areas turn out in droves to attend the 2015 Gidgy show and AHMAG would like to thank the Gidgegannup Agricultural Society for organizing such an outstanding event.

The AHMAG marquee was positioned adjacent to the old Toodyay Rd entrance and in front of the Hall and as usual we were inundated with people signing our petitions against open cut bauxite mining a mere 10 minutes from Gidgegannup.

We would like to thank all of you who stopped by to sign our petitions against the Felicitas and Fortuna mines, that if approved, will cover some 62 km2 from Wooroloo (Bailup Rd) to Wundowie and back through the heart of Morangup, all the way to the Avon river. (See this map)

It is also important to note that there is a pending exploration tenement over the Morangup timber reserve, part of the Avon valley national park and the Moondyne nature reserve.

Now with the prospect of these proposals becoming 100% owned by the peoples republic of China (PROC), opposition against these proposals is more important than ever.

Like us on Facebook and ask your family and friends to do the same. We must save our environment, our flora and fauna, the amenity of the communities that WILL be affected, our farmland and our water supplies.

AHMAG

It's Show Time Again

Gidgegannup Agricultural Show Saturday the 31st of October.

If you are not doing anything tomorrow, then why not come along to the Gidgegannup Agricultural Show.

We will have our marquee set up handing out information and collecting signatures against proposals to open cut mine for bauxite in the Perth Hills, the Avon Valley and a mere 10 minutes from Gidgegannup.

It has just become apparent that the proponents BAJV which is a JV 70% owned by Yangkuang Resources and 30% owned by BRL, looks set to become 100% owned by the peoples republic of China (PROC).

To read more click here.

If you have been wanting to sign a petition, come along to the show, sign a petition and enjoy one of the best small Ag shows around.

We hope to see you there.

AHMAG

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