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

Perth Garden Festival

The AHMAG army have been extremely busy over the past 4 days with a stand at the Perth Garden Festival held at Maccallum Park in Victoria Park. The festival started on the 30th of April and finished today being the 3rd of May and unfortunately we were unable to attend the Moondyne Festival today, because of that commitment.

We did however manage to obtain HUNDREDS of signed petitions over the 4 days. We would like to thank all involved for their hard work creating awareness about BAJV's / BRL's plans to open-cut strip-mine in the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley.
Our efforts continue to pay off as people from all over Perth and beyond are OUTRAGED that the Hills, which are regarded by many as the lungs of Perth and the Avon Valley are in the crosshairs of an exploration company who would like to be miners.

Well done AHMAG Army.

Hot Copper

To everyone who has liked our Facebook page and believe that an open cut bauxite mine does not belong in the Avon Valley and Perth Hills, read the comments on the following link about what is being said on the Hot Copper website.

Hot Copper is a forum that shows ASX stocks and enables investors who hold shares in different companies to comment on the stocks that they hold where they try to muster support from other shareholders to keep share prices up.

Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) are the JV partner of BAJV and are listed on the stock exchange and are known as BAU. On this shared page it is mentioned by an investor known as mackyinoz that BAJV are locked in a "PR battle with a small bunch of disgruntled locals" and he has sent out the call for everyone to like BAJV on Facebook.

You can show your support for us by getting your family, your friends and anyone you know to like the Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group to help us fight this David and Goliath Battle against a 70% Chinese State owned company, from not only destroying Morangup where we live, but the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley.

AHMAG Facebook page..

"With your SUPPORT together we will be HEARD"

AHMAG

See discussion at Hot Copper..

This is More Proof Mining Companies Can Be Stopped

Ever heard of a little place called Felton? The residents took on a mining company and won. This video was on Landline and is a MUST see video. Not quite the same mining proposal, but there are some alarming similarities with the proposal to open-cut mine, which would have destroyed farmland, along with the destruction of the environment, destruction of water courses, negative social impacts, the loss in value to adjoining properties and many other issues.

We must stand together against BAJV / BRL

"Together we will be Heard"

AHMAG

Watch video..

Friends of Felton

Residents of the tiny town of Felton took on a big mining company - and won. Now they've channeled their energy into promoting the town.
abc.net.au

ANZAC Day

Just a Reminder

This shared post is just a REMINDER that if enough people stand together against mining companies, governments will listen.!!!

If you have been sitting on the fence in relation to Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures plans to strip-mine bauxite in the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley, stand with us now and help stop the foreign invaders from destroying the very reason we all moved here in the first place.

  • The peace and quiet of country life
  • Our beautiful clean air
  • Stunning dark night skies where we can all admire the stars without light pollution
  • The trees and bush
  • All of the birds and animals
  • Unpolluted drinking water
  • Magnificent scenery
  • Solid property values

Open cut bauxite mining HERE will jeopardise everything we all love. Stand with us now and Remember: "You are not alone, together we will be heard".

AHMAG

It's time to celebrate! Coal seam gas (CSG) permits at the sacred mountain Nguddaboolgan in North Qld have been CANCELLED! A huge congratulations to the Djungan. See Lock The Gate Alliance website..

Pigmy Possum

We have been told that this little guy and his family live in the 500 acres of bush at the end of Jingaling Brook Rd in Morangup. The bush has been earmaked for total destruction if BAJV, which is a 70% State owned company from the Peoples Republic of China, get the green light to mine here.

There will be many trees, plants and animals that will be displaced and KILLED if this invasive form of mining is allowed here.

Say NO to bauxite mining HERE and Together we will be Heard...

This is a whole new low even for BAJV!

Question:
Why would any professional organization advertise so called local jobs for a proposed project that is estimated to start employing workers in some 3 or so years and has only a slim chance, if any, of getting off the ground, given the enormous social and environmental impacts it will have in the area where the mine is proposed?

Answer:
Because they are trying to get your support for their disgusting invasive mining operation.

Don't be fooled. This type of behavior will only exasperate the stress of an unemployed FIFO / DIDO worker with the hope of a job that may be no more than a pipe dream.

AHMAG

Thanks to Toodyay councillors and CEO for coming to Morangup

AHMAG would like to thank the attending Councillors and the CEO for the informal meeting at the Morangup Community Hall on Saturday the 18th of April.

The CEO had the floor for most of the 2-hour session and the mining policy M.6 was first up for discussion. Apparently there were some 22 submissions submitted in relation the M.6 policy and according to the CEO the policy will be amended prior to being accepted.

The question was asked as to whether or not the proposed policy would be put out for public comment again before it was approved and the CEO could not give an definitive answer, so who knows what council will do.

Given the policy basically gives council blanket approval to pretty much do whatever it wants when it comes to dealing with any mining proponents, including participation on Community Advisory Groups, not only with BAJV, but also any other would-be mining company that comes to town. AHMAG still hold firm on the belief that a mining policy should not be implemented in our Shire, AS COUNCIL CAN NEITHER APPROVE NOR REJECT A MINING PROPOSAL and therefore one is not needed here.

This policy will merely enable the Council to further consult with mining proponents without any consultation with rate payers and without fear of their intentions being questioned, as they will merely say that the M.6 Policy was adopted to allow consultation with present (BAJV and BRL) and future mining proponents, this is a complete conflict of interest prior to a mine being approved by the relevant authorities.

The CEO made the statement that BAJV do not have to do a social impact study, but the mining policy can make it a condition, “but they still don’t have to comply”.

Just to clarify even with the new proposed mining policy, the proponent does not have to do a social impact study or comply with any other condition that council may impose on them. And given council can neither approve or reject a mining application, then one is not needed, as it merely enables closed-door dialog which has occurred in the past. Only the next time it will be OK because a mining policy is in place.

When asked why the Council will not do a referendum on mining the CEO said that even if one was done, people change their minds and therefore it would of be no use. It was mentioned that the Shire had undertaken a previous referendum on a swimming pool in Toodyay. It is however incomprehensible to think that a referendum could be undertaken in relation to a swimming pool, but when it comes to a mining proposal that can harm the very existence of Toodyay’s tourism industry, the reputation of one of the Avon Valleys jewels (Toodyay), the lifestyle of many of Morangup residents and the property values of so many properties just to name a few of the issues, yet council refuse to hold one on mining!!!.
If it can be shown by a referendum that the majority of the rate payers in the Toodyay Shire do not wont Bauxite Mining Here, then that would send a very clear message, not only to our local Government, but also the EPA and the State Government. That just maybe the tipping point as to whether or not a mine ever gets the go-ahead in the first place.

The CEO also said the proposed mining policy would help mitigate any impacts to the community. When asked how the mining policy was going to alleviate our previous, existing and future concerns - i.e. Dust, 24/7 Noise, Rain water contamination, Light pollution, Property losses, etc, etc,  the CEO could not answer, but at one point said that a flashing light could replace reverse beepers.
That sounded like a sales pitch from someone who is not neutral on mining.

Of course other items concerning Morangup residents were discussed, but this is merely a report on mining issues.

Every Green Tree

Civilization needs all types of mining to feed iron ore to the smelters & steel mills and bauxite to refineries, along with many other minerals to different smelters around the world, for what is seemingly a never ending thirst for resources.

At what point will we say enough is enough, you cannot mine our farmland or our hills and we will not let you destroy our fragile environment, as it is socially and environmentally irresponsible to strip-mine bauxite in the Perth Hills and the Avon Valley along the Darling Scarp.

For every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold, silver or "Aluminium", so mine elsewhere because bauxite is not a rare resource.

BAJV Employ PR Company and Buy Face Book Likes

BAJV created their FB page in April 2011 and when AHMAG created their own FB page in July 2014, BAJV had a total of 34 likes.

AHMAG must be doing something right as after BAJV struggling to get to 130 likes in 4 years where their likes totalled 129 on Friday the 10th of April 2015, BAJV now have 212 likes. It is not hard to work out that 83 new likes in 2 days has not happened on its own.

All we can say is that the "Home Crowd" must have them a little worried to say the least.

If you have not yet liked our page, please do so now. Get your family and friends to do the same and lets show BAJV that a PR company is not needed if what you stand for and believe in is "Right" in what really is a David and Goliath battle.
Over 1,500 signatures on parliamentary petitions and 648 FB likes shows a very strong message to the proponents BAJV / BRL that we are being heard and we will not be silent.

AHMAG Facebook page..

AHMAG

What Will The Avon Valley Look Like In 3 - 10 - 20 Years???

As the Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group we will always report on exploration and mining proposals in the Perth Hills and Avon Valley, as information becomes known to us.

We have just discovered that not only do we have the threat of Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) and Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) proposing a 62 km2 bauxite mine area in the shire of Mundaring, Toodyay and Northam, but there is a new threat of Magnetite Iron Ore close to Toodyay and Northam, which is once again relatively close to rail:

  • Mt Joy: tenement number E70/4692
  • Ragged Rock: tenement number E70/4243
  • Kauring: tenement number E70/4508
  • Kauring: tenement number E70/4528

We suggest that you all click on the following links and read the March 2015 announcement by Magnetic Resources and the previous announcement from 2014. Both links show location maps.

Here are links to:

The Avon Valley and Perth Hills are under tremendous threat from future mining, but let’s stop the most advanced MINING proposals by BAJV and BRL to open-cut strip-mine bauxite in the Hills and Avon Valley on productive FARMLAND before it is too late, or the landscape may well look like the pictures bellow.

Stay Informed and follow our page.

AHMAG

You Can’t Eat Bauxite, Alumina or Aluminium

When Will State and Federal Governments protect productive agricultural land in good rain fall areas? If the 62 km2 BAJV / BRL open cut bauxite mining proposal in the Mundaring, Toodyay and Northam Shires gets off the ground, then it will  destroy an initial 44 km2 of productive farmland. That is until further exploration drilling identifies more bauxite deposits in the area, then that number will balloon out and so will the further destruction to the environment.

Farmland will never recover once the bauxite is removed all the way down to the clay bed, as the bauxite is like the earths sponge which holds subsoil moisture. Once that is taken away and shipped off to China, how can the land ever recover from that ???

It is well documented that with the Earth's ever growing population, Food Production will be the biggest resource on the planet, and productive agricultural land SHOULD be protected at all costs!!!

Remember, you can’t eat bauxite, alumina or aluminium.

Enough is Enough, HELP US PROTECT Agricultural land HERE!!!.

AHMAG

 

Cartoon - April 2015


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Happy Easter

We would like to wish everyone a 

"Safe Happy and Bauxite Free Easter"

AHMAG

 

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