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Have you ever visited the Avon Valley National Park?

The Avon Valley National Park
The Morangup Timber Reserve
The Morangup Nature Reserve

Have you ever visited the Avon Valley National Park?

It 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 as it rushes downstream 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” many believe these companies and mining will be the neighbour's 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 mine is approved and in 10 or 15 years’ or maybe even less, the proposed miners 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.
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, but to 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.

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

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