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

Mauravillo Developer Lends a Hand

John Court the Managing Director of JB Investments which is developing the lifestyle blocks of Mauravillo Estate in Wundowie recently contributed to AHMAG’s campaign and has pledged to donate again in six months’ time.

John is adamant that he does not want bauxite mining anywhere near the estate and is happy to contribute to our fight to protect the environment, lifestyle and property values of those who will soon call Mauravillo home.

Like AHMAG, John and his general manager Steve Rushforth are not opposed to bauxite mining in general but are opposed to it occurring so close to Perth Hills communities. A big thank you to John and Steve and we look forward to their ongoing support.

While many think the Chinese state-owned Yankuang Bauxite Resources group has left the area some are beginning to realise that by its ongoing sponsorship of local shows it is a sleeping dragon which will one day wake up from its mining-proposal status to push for a full-blown 24/7 mining operation.


Gidgegannup Agricultural Show 2016

A big thank you to the Gidgy Ag Society for organizing another great show and to all of our supporters for signing petitions in a constant flow throughout the day.

We would also like to thank our AHMAG army helpers who are always there to help on show days.

Our group are determined to keep destructive bauxite mining from being able to operate here in the Avon and Hills region of the Darling Scarp and with your help, it will not proceed !!!.


EPA calls for a clearing audit

Monday the 24th of October 2016 saw an article written by Daniel Mercer in the West Australian where he states that the environmental watchdog has raised concerns over the amount of bush being bulldozed across the state and apparently the EPA have called for an audit to ensure sites are protected.

It has been estimated that from 2001 to 2009 almost 7,000 ha was cleared which is an area twice the size of Kings Park every year. The article goes on to say that the EPA are particularly concerned about the cumulative impact in Perth, Peel, Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions and that in some urban areas the temperatures could be up to 15C hotter than surrounding natural landscapes.

Mining seems to be all but exempt from clearing regulations provided that rehabilitation follows mining. Both the Felicitas and Fortuna resources have many thousands of acres of bushland that will be destroyed by mining and the effects of clearing may not be felt straight away, but over the 25 plus years that has been suggested for the life of the mines, our local weather is almost certain to change because of it.

I am always amazed at how the EPA and different forms of development work together to supposedly produce the best outcomes for all concerned, but the environment is always the biggest looser with humans running a close second.


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Toodyay Ag Show 2016

AHMAG would like to thank the Toodyay Agricultural Society for organizing another great show and for always allowing our group to create awareness and inform others as to where mining is proposed in our region.

Even though it rained on and off for most of the day, we had a steady flow of people signing our new petition against Yankuang’s plans to open cut mine for bauxite in the Avon and Hills region within 100 km from Perth’s C.B.D.

Yankuang did not attend this year’s event but were still a major sponsor, which merely confirms their intention to progress with mining here when economic conditions improve in China.

Given there are some 270,000,000 million tonnes of bauxite that has been identified so far in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo in both the Fortuna and Felicitas resources, these proposed mines will continue to remain high on their list of future mines and proposals that they will NEVER willingly walk away from.

With Bauxite resource limited (BRL) obtaining 2 new tenements in the area, one in Julimar and the other in Wundowie either side of the existing resources, there is little doubt that many more millions of tonnes of bauxite will be identified by BRL and their new JV partners, being Chinese State owned HD mining.

A very big thank you to Dave, Hope, Ieva, Shan and Diana for helping out on the day and a reminder to those of you who could not come to the Toodyay show, we will do it all again at the Gidgegannup show on the 29th of October.


Yankuang sponsors the 163rd Toodyay Agricultural Show

2016 is now known as the year that one of Chinas’ largest State owned coal mining giants, being Yankuang Group became sole owners of the Fortuna and Felicitas bauxite resources, along with many other tenements here in the Shires of Toodyay, Northam Mundaring and Swan.

This happened when the joint venture between Yankuang and ASX listed company Bauxite resource limited (BRL), who were trading as Bauxite alumina joint ventures, (BAJV) decided to part company after not being able to reconcile a long running dispute, over a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) to build a refinery in the region.

This saw BAJV terminated and the birth of another 100% Yankuang subsidiary, Yankuang bauxite resources, who bought out BRL’s interest in the JV. BAJV was terminated early in 2016, but not before an agreement was struck to pay BRL 50 cents per tonne for the first 100,000,000 tonnes that is mined, if and when, Yankuang are able to get approvals to mine the Felicitas and Fortuna resources.

This left a strong and binding relationship between BRL and Yankuang.

In July and August this year BRL were granted 2 new tenements, one in Julimar and another one which covers the town site of Wundowie and all the way down to the Inkpen nature reserve. Both of which could also end up being 100% owned by the Chinese at some point in the future.

Yankuang is one of 8 entities this year who is sponsoring the Toodyay Ag Show, only this time it is not by way of a joint venture with an ASX listed company, but under the Chinese name of Yankuang Bauxite Resources.

It is anyone's guess as to how big this could all become, but one thing is for sure, it will not be good for anyone who owns property or lives close to these proposed sites, or for any business in Toodyay that relies on tourism as a major source of income.

AHMAG will be at the show collecting signatures on our new petitions and handing out flyers against plans by Yankuang to open cut mine for bauxite in Toodyay and other shires in this region and we would like to invite you to drop in and see us, sign a petition and for a gold coin donation you can pick up one of our No Bauxite Mining Here bumper stickers.

Come and say hello this Saturday the 8th of October, we will be at bay A1 near the monster ball rides, we look forward to seeing you there.


Gidgegannup’s Draft Local Area Plan (GDLAP) touches on mining

Under the Content heading of a July 2016 Draft Gidgegannup Local Area plan (page 10 Item 2.1) the Swan Shire identifies bauxite / alumina as a valuable resource in the Gidgegannup region.

The GDLAP also touches on issues that are associated with mining and or extractive industries and they are:

  • Dust: Air – dust mentioned. Item 6.1.8 
  • Noise: From mining activities to the north east of Gidgy. Item 6.1.9
  • Increased traffic: On both road and Rail. Item 6.1.9
  • Rail: 50% increase in rail movements. Item 7.82
  • Key Issues: Page 40 Table 5.Potential loss of biodiversity & the emphasis on the need to consider the significance of the environment and assets of the ‘Hills’ lifestyle, page 40 Table 5.
  • Limited sustainable water, also page 40 Table 5.(Opinion - mining would contribute to this).

It is also important to note that the City of Swan conducted a Transport Strategy in 2014, where it was identified that there will be growth in rail movements by up to 50% in the next 10 years.

Without seeing a copy of the Transport strategy, it can only be assumed that much of the growth would more than likely come from mining along the Brookfield rail network north east of Gidgegannup.

The mention of mining in a DRAFT Local Area plan merely reinforces the very real threat of open cut bauxite mining here in the Avon and Hills region.

Current tenement holders of the Felicitas and Fortuna resources Yankuang bauxite resources, will no doubt try to mine these and other tenements to the north east of Gidgy at some point in the future and this DRAFT local area plan, merely allows provision for that to happen and should fly a bright RED flag in the face of everyone who lives here.

We must all remain vigilant and steadfast against mining here, or the potential issues listed, plus many more, WILL one day become our reality.

To view and read the Draft Gidgegannup Local Area plan click here.

Some readers may take a different view point, but AHMAG report it as we see it.


Julimar Area (Toodyay) Now Under Threat

Check out the Toodyay Herald by clicking here.

Up until now the threat of low margin low quality bauxite strip mining has been focused on the areas of Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo with a proposed mine life of some 25 years being spruiked by the mining proponents, if and when approvals are ever granted to mine here.

Add a couple of other tenements in the Julimar area also owned by BRL, which they will no doubt try to turn into a resource by conducting further exploration, and the Toodyay Shire COULD be known as the bauxite mining capital of the Avon Valley and mining could be here for decades to come.

You can sign our new petition against "Bulk Commodity" mining within 100 Km of Perths C.B.D, by visiting our website


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Warning. Warning. Warning

Bauxite Resource Limited (BRL) are back in the game.

After BRL selling their previous interests in both the Felictas and Fortuna resources earlier in the year to Yankuang, on the 10th of August 2016, BRL were granted a new Exploration Tenement E70/3537, which takes in the old Boral quarry and part of the disused road that services it. The road runs from Morangup Rd to the quarry passing the Yankuang weather station on the way.

The tenement crosses the Avon River and heads toward Julimar Rd, but not before heading west, in what is discribed as a rail corridor, that follows the rail line toward Quarry Rd deep into the Avon Valley National Park (AVNP).

If and when Yankuang are able to get a mine approved, this new tenement will play a vital role in providing access to the now dilapidated (Old Boral )rail siding, which would be upgraded to accommodate a load out facility right next door to the Avon river and surrounded by the AVNP.

The rail corridor in this new tenement, links the Felicitas and Fortuna resources to vital infrastructure, which now sits on mining tenements that the proponents (BRL) will probably try to sell to Yankuang, or may try to ride off their back, if and when Yankuang are able to get a mine up and running.
BRL's share price on Hot Copper jumped a few cents since the tenement was granted, but nothing has appeared on their website.

We can no longer sleep on this issue, we must band together in opposition of these proposals, or one day we will wake up next door to a mine site and all of the negative impacts associated with it.

We have State elections in March next year, so lets make this an election issue.


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New Mobile Sign

AHMAG would like to thank our supporters who have donated their time, money and materials to help us build another mobile sign.

The threat of open cut bauxite mining here in Morangup, Woorolloo and Wundowie may have subsided for now, but make no mistake about it, Yankuang have not gone away and neither have we.

The fight will continue to halt these outrageous plans to open cut mine bauxite here in the Perth Hills and the Avon catchment and with your help we can and will WIN.

We are also working on a short documentary, so keep an eye out for its future release.



It’s amazing what can be found if you look behind the Curtain

Yankuang Group, China's fourth largest state-owned resources company, who own Yankuang Bauxite Resources and Yancoal are diversifying into cattle among other things.

The article below is probably one of the most unsettling stories that we have reported on to date, given that when Yankuang Resources were in partnership with Bauxite Resource Limited as BAJV their slogan in Bindoon was "Beef and Bauxite".

With the Mauravillo estate being sandwiched between Lake Glesna and Cheddaring farm, which have recently been sold to Singaporean / Chinese investors, it could well be the start of acquisitions that on the surface may merely look like farming enterprises for cattle production, but throw the "Beef and Bauxite" slogan into the mix and we could all be in a whole lot of trouble.

If you hear of farms being sold to Chinese investors in Morangup, Wundowie or Woorolloo, please let us know, as we all need to stay vigilant and with your help we can.


AFR Weekend: Chinese coal giant turns to Australian beef in search of growth

Image source: AFR Weekend


AHMAG army back in the trenches

Two of our AHMAG army members David and Hope Jones look set to be regulars in the Woolworths arcade in Mundaring, where they will be collecting signatures on AHMAG’s new petition that asks our state government not to approve new bulk commodity mines within 100km from Perth’s C.B.D.

If you would like to sign our new petition, then keep an eye open for them, we are sure they would love to see you again, or meet you for the first time.



Water Under Threat

Probably the single biggest threat to our existence here in this beautiful part of Western Australia is the loss and contamination of our ground water and contamination of our rain water supplies, by Land fill operators and mining companies.

If we are not prepared to protect our precious and fragile water supplies from the scourge of companies that are only concerned about their own monetary interests, while completely disregarding the interests of our communities and our right to clean water, then what type of message are we sending to our kids and our grandchildren?

We must unite and fight.


Chuffed Campaign: Our Water Resources

Protect the Darling Range's fragile water resources which supply Perth to Kalgoorlie against exploitation and ruin. Join us to raise awareness, change legislation and protect our water future.


Enough is Enough

Sometimes mining should never be considered and tenements should be cancelled in areas where people’s lifestyles and property values would be put at considerable risk if approvals were to be granted.

The magnificent Mauravillo Private Estate near Wundowie will be right in the firing line and surrounded on 3 sides, if and when the Felicitas and Fortuna resources are ever developed by the People's Republic of China.

With the new buyers in Mauravillo, coupled with the 900 residents already living in Morangup, it will take the number of residents within close proximity to these outrageous proposals to over 1,000 people.

Together we can and will be heard, but we must speak out.

State elections are now just around the corner in March 2017, so let’s make some noise!


Alcoa Bauxite Shipment Is Dangerous For Our Communities

It has long been said that the only way to make money out of Darling Range bauxite was to refine it locally. That reason alone left many people sitting on the fence in regard to whether or not a Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) operation would ever get off the ground here in the Toodyay, Northam and Mundaring shires.

For many years Alcoa have mined bauxite from the Huntley and Willowdale mines soley to feed their 3 hungry alumina refinieries at Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup.

Part of the original State agreement signed with the State Government and Alcoa meant that mining and refining would go hand in hand to employ many West Australian workers.

Last year the Premier Colin Barnett (the then minister for mines) granted approval for Alcoa to export 500,000 tonnes of bauxite for trial refining in Asian refineries.

It was reported in the West today that a ship sitting in Kwinana has been loaded with 47,000 tonnes of bauxite and will ship out within days. Destination China.

If Alcoa can find a market for low grade bauxite of between 27 - 31% Al203 content (Which is the same as the grade found here), then the chance of Yankuang operating a DSO operation here from the Felicitas and Fortuna resources looks more and more feasible.

Are we actually going to allow this to happen HERE???


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