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Locals can stop open-cut mining

Late last month a controversial open-cut mineral sands mine in Gippsland Victoria was rejected by the state planning minister on the grounds that it provided a “significant risk” to the environment and local agribusinesses.

Gippsland residents have been fighting for seven years to preserve their lifestyle and businesses and are celebrating the decision to stop the project.

East Gippsland shire councillors also played a major role by unanimously opposing the mine in their agricultural area.

We have often said that campaigns to protect the environment are not sprints, they’re marathons and like the Gippsland residents we are in it for the long haul.

After a well-attended AGM on November 13, a new committee was formed to continue the fight to stop open-cut mining within a 100km radius of Perth.

AHMAG has also joined forces with Chittering-based Residents For Responsible Mining (RF4RM) a group which opposed bauxite mining in their area and – won.

Open-cut mining in our area is not a ‘done deal’ and concerned locals can play their part by joining AHMAG.

Membership forms can be downloaded from our website and you can keep in touch at facebook.avon/hills, write to PO Box 111 Gidgegannup WA 6083 or ring Jim on 0448 829 460.

A huge thanks to all our new members and to those who have donated to our account at Toodyay and Districts Bendigo Community Bank BSB 633-000 account number 152776654.

 

 

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