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Campaign stalwarts made life members

IN RECOGNITION of six years of tireless campaigning to stop open-cut mining within a 100km radius of Perth, AHMAG recently made Morangup residents Hope and David Jones the organisation’s first life members.

Apart from spreading the word at local agricultural shows and swap meets, the Joneses collected petition signatures and sold plants on Sundays at the Midland Farmers’ Markets to raise funds for our group.

Their stalwart weekly attendance meant 4.30am starts in all weathers and during the Covid restrictions when larger events were cancelled their fundraising kept our group afloat.

We sincerely thank them and wish Hope and David “happy trails” as they head north for a well-earned break.

Chalice appointment

IN MID-MARCH Chalice Mining Ltd appointed Dr Soolim (Soo) Carney as General Manager Environment and Community.

Chalice hopes that Dr Carney’s appointment will “accelerate development of the globally significant Julimar Platinum Group Element (PGE)-Nickel-Copper-Cobalt-Gold discovery” in and around the Julimar State Forest.

Dr Carey will be negotiating the project’s regulatory approvals process and will oversee Chalice’s environment and community strategy.

In the past 20 years Dr Carey has worked for Alcoa, BHP and Woodside Petroleum and has been instrumental in delivering environmental approvals for several major projects in WA.

It’s far too soon to speculate on Dr Carney’s work with Chalice and what it will mean for the long-term protection of the environment, but we’ll keep readers posted.

Gravel pit update

WHEN there is money to be made and local councils such as Mundaring knock back projects such as the Swan Gravel/Trico Resources gravel pit expansion in Bailup and Satterley group’s North Stoneville housing development, that’s not the end of it.

Both Swan Gravel/Trico Resources and Satterley have taken their cases to overturn council’s decisions to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) where they remain in the mediation phase.

As they say: "It’s not over until the SAT lady sings."

Hope and Dave Jones

Hope and David Jones

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