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

Guess who’s listed as a sponsor at the Toodyay Show for 2016?

“Yankuang Bauxite Resourses” complete with the Yancoal logo.

If you thought they were gone, then think again.

The 100% Chinese state-owned company looks set to make a return to Toodyay in October at the ag show. In what form is yet to be seen, but not so long ago they were here doing exploration and trading under the now terminated name BAJV which was a JV 70% owned by Yankuang Resources and 30% by BRL.

The promise of jobs had our shire completely blinded by their misguided views that mining would somehow save Toodyay, the question was always, from what?

At the peak of the push to mine here it created much unrest in our communities with Morangup smack bang in the firing line and now the new Mauravillo estate looks set to be heavily impacted if both the Felicitas and Fortuna mines become operational.

What type of propaganda will they have in store for us at this years show?

How many jobs will they promise?

How close will they be working with the Toodyay Shire?

Thanks to the M.6 mining policy council can continue to converse with mining companies without ever being questioned by their own constituents in relation to what is proposed here by mining companies.

90% of the resource sits on land owned by Peter Cook, who was previously quoted as saying he had made no deals with the Chinese, but if they came to him with a suitable deal to purchase his 20,000 plus acres of land, then he would sit down and negotiate.

Are talks once again underway?

It seems that straight answers are still hard to come by, but one thing is for sure, Chinese / Singaporean investors are buying up farms in the area, the Toodyay Shire where most of the resource is located now has the M.6 mining policy to eliminate being questioned by us their constituents, Yangkuang Bauxite Resources are sponsoring the Toodyay Show and our problems look set to reamerge.

What side of the fence will you sit on when the Chinese come back to town???



Tasmania and Bald Hill

Last month while holidaying in Tasmania I was driving along the Midland Highway towards Hobart and about 8 kilometers out of Campbell Town I could see huge red mounds on the ridge line.

Before long it became clear I was looking at stock piles that had been pushed up from Tasmania’s first ever bauxite mine “Bald Hill”.

I knew that Australian Bauxite Limited had been granted approval in late 2014 to operate the first new bauxite mine in Australia in over 35 years, but I did not know where the mine was actually located. That was until the stockpiles appeared as an obvious blight on Tasmania’s landscape.

Curious as to what locals thought of bauxite mining close to their town, I visited a few of the local shops including the local council licensing agency. I asked each person what the red mounds were on the ridgeline on the way into town and everyone was oblivious to the fact that a bauxite mine had started literally under their noses.

When I asked the council employee where the local Shire Council building was, I was told that it was in Longford, some 45 minutes drive from Campbell Town. One could assume that this coupled with poor community consultation from Australian Bauxite could be the reason that locals knew nothing about bauxite mining on the door step of their own town.

Given the initial information vacuum that occurred in the Toodyay shire, with no information coming out of our shire and little to none coming out of BAJV / BRL (Tenements now 100% owned by Yangkuang Bauxite Resources) I was not surprised to find out that locals knew nothing about Bald Hill.

In fact after speaking to people from other towns around Tassie no one knew that a bauxite mine had started operating on the Island.

Further investigations uncovered an article written by Rachel Dally-Watkins who writes for Australian Mining Review, Australian Bauxite Limited managing director Ian Levy was quoted in the article as saying “Australian Bauxite have a company policy that no matter what the law, we will never go where we are not invited and we will only operate where we are welcome”.

I guess that only applies when people know you are there in the first place.

However, his statement only further cements what we already know, “and that is” mining companies do require a social license to operate. If we are to successfully oppose bauxite mining here, then we must never allow a social license to exist.

Those who do not wish to speak out within our communities and wish to remain silent, merely enable mining companies like these to get a foothold where they are not wanted.

The only way to stop bauxite mining here is for everyone to find their voice, because if we don't, we know what the Chinese government have planned for us.

Brian Dale


Weather Station In Morangup

At the height of the push from BAJV / BRL to set up working bauxite mines here, a weather station was installed on the corner of Morangup Rd and the old Boral quarry road that runs to the Avon River, along side the Morangup Timber Reserve.

With the termination of BAJV and the re-badging of their Facebook page and part of the website to the newly named entity Yankuang Bauxite Resources, YBR became 100% owners of this asset.

The weather station is still fully operational collecting and sending live and current data back to YBR in readiness for a future referral to the EPA, as part of the approval process to mine.

Click on the following link which will take you to the partly renamed BAJV website, where you can see what data is being collected.

Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures: Daily Weather Summary

Yankuang Bauxite Resources Pty Ltd

Our fight is not over by a long shot, it is merely on hold.

We all need to regroup, stay vigilant and get ready for one hell of a fight!!!



Chinese/Singaporean Investors Buy Lake Glesna

The developer of Mauravillo Estate in Wundowie, JB Investments, has sold Lake Glesna a 491 hectare site to Chinese / Singaporean investors.
Lake Glesna has an amazing spring-fed freshwater lake and is located between Mauravillo residential estate and Glesna Park owned by major landholder and farmer Peter Cook.

Glesna Park is a 5000 acre property that forms part of the Felicitas bauxite resource where tenements are owned by the recently formed Yankuang Bauxite Resources (YBR) which is 100 per cent owned by the Chinese Government.

This sale coupled with the previous sale to foreign investors of Mark Hay’s Chedaring Farm on Golf Links Road Wundowie, creates even more questions and uncertainty in the area.

What lies ahead for neighboring communities and property owners in close proximity to the Felicitas and Fortuna bauxite resources?

There have been rumors of beef cattle and feedlots thrown into the speculation of land usage and it is interesting to note that when Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) was operating in Bindoon, its slogan was “Beef and Bauxite”.

Bruce Groenewald, YBR’s exploration manager, has stated the bauxite projects will go ahead when economic conditions improve in China, probably within the next couple of years.

Mr Groenewald in response to a prospective resident’s inquiry about mining also stated that:

The changeover of tenements from one business to another is taking some time to process.

When the money starts coming back in they will try to buy up parcels of land to secure the area.

Exploration will continue.

They will complete their environmental studies.

There will be vast amounts of financial outlay to begin with, including the construction of the conveyer belt that will run under Toodyay Road (road needs to be lifted or tunneled under) and over Morangup Road.

The disused rail siding near Cobbler Pool on the Avon River would need to be rebuilt to accommodate load-out facilities for trains.
The mine, according to Mr Groenewald will operate for a minimum of 25 years but for now he was in a ‘curating’ mode.

Unlike BAJV who had a shopfront in Toodyay, there has been no update from Yankuang since the takeover in January this year and as far as Mr Groenewald is concerned, it seems to be business as usual.

If readers of our Face Book page hear of local land sales close to the proposed mining areas to overseas investors, please contact
AHMAG via Facebook or ring Brian on 0418 898 788.

With your support we can remain vigilant and stand together against the threat to mine HERE, because the Chinese Government owned entity YBR will be back.

WA will go to the polls in March 2017, so we need put preasure on our candidates to protect our communities, our farm land, our water ways & supplies, our flora and fauna, as well as the precious environment here in the Darling Range.


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Locals Warm To Wood Raffle

AHMAG would like to congratulate volunteer fire fighter Ron Larkin from Morangup who is the winner of our first ever jarrah wood raffle.

We would also like to thank all of our supporters who purchased tickets and we hope that you will try your luck again when we raffle the next trailer load.


Ron Larkin left - Brian Dale right


It's Official

The Chinese Government (Yankuang) now have 100% ownership and control of the Fortuna Resource tenements close to Wundowie, the Mauravillo and Dale View Estates.


Download Bauxite Resources Ltd Statement


Farmer leaves gate open to mine bauxite


Toodyay Herald March 2016

I was lucky enough to meet local farmer Peter Cook whose land in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo covers roughly 90 per cent of the proposed Felicitas bauxite mine and more than half of the land for Fortuna.

Mr Cook has been farming in and around the Toodyay shire for decades and is the key to Chinese Government plans to mine bauxite in the Darling Ranges. He is much as I had imagined him to be – sharp as a tack and obviously a very shrewd businessman. A pretty fit-looking gentleman in his seventies who shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Mr Cook was very open and frank and answered most of my questions. He said that when Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV)/Bauxite Resources Limited (BRL) approached him to explore for minerals on his land, the first thing he did was contact another farmer, Andrew Hare, who owned the Bindoon property where BAJV/BRL had mined 130,000 tonnes of bauxite. (This was mined on an extractive industries license obtained from the Shire of Chittering without obtaining proper approvals.)

According to Mr Cook, Mr Hare told him that his experience with the companies was good and he was happy with the outcome. As a result, Mr Cook agreed to allow BAJV to explore for minerals on his own land. The rest, as they say, is history. A big bauxite deposit was found and BAJV set up a Toodyay shopfront to tell us how great mining would be for the rest of us.

The mining company continued to present a ‘business as usual’ stance even though Mr Cook said he had cancelled their access agreements in early 2015. For decades Mr Cook, who continues to buy more land, has been accumulating farmland in Morangup, Wundowie and Wooroloo and is now one of the region’s biggest landholders. I asked him why he was still buying more land and he said it was to provide access between blocks for possible future subdivisions.

Mr Cook said he believed the proposed bauxite mines would never eventuate.

Over the two hours or so that I spent with him, I touched many times on what his intentions were in relation to mining on his land, and his answer did not change. He said that for the moment he was happy to farm the land because he enjoyed the lifestyle. However, at some point in the not-too distant future, he would either apply to subdivide part of his land or sit down and talk to the mining companies if they came back to him.

He made it crystal clear during our meeting that his door was still wide open to mining on his land if terms, conditions and money could be met.

I asked Mr Cook what type of legacy he wanted to leave behind – did he want to be remembered as the man who allowed mining in the Darling Range or did he want to be known as the one who stopped mining impacting local communities? It’s the only question to which I did not get a clear answer.

Everyone has their own reasons for the decisions that they make in life so let us hope Mr Cook remains a farmer/land developer.

Brian Dale

Picture by Allan Rose, Morangup

Something In The Air - Yarloop

Something in the Air was a special Four Corners report that was produced to shine a spot light on the effects that Alcoa's Wagerup Refinery was having on the residents living in Yarloop and went to air on the 30th of October 2005, well before the devastating fires that destroyed most of the historic town site.

In the video you will see some rare footage of the town of Yarloop and some of the historical buildings prior to the devastating fires that all but destroyed the entire town. You will hear conversations about the effects of the refinery on members of the community and denials from Alcoa, as well as plans by Alcoa for the future expansion of the Wagerup refinery.

These plans were back in the news this week: Alcoa wants Wagerup option.

In the 44 minute video (see YouTube link below) you will hear arguments from residents that believe there have been no effects from the refinery on the community, as well as residents who were sick. Just try to remember that not everyone who worked in Wittenoom developed Asbestosis or Mesothelioma.

It is a cruel irony to say the least that the Community Alliance For Positive Solutions Group (CAPS) continually lobbied Alcoa and the Government to relocate the town of Yarloop to a safer distance from the refinery, only for Yarloop to be almost completely destroyed by fire in January 2016.

Our thoughts are still with the Yarloop community and we wish them well!

CAPS6218 Facebook page

We would encourage everyone to watch the video and share this post with your family and friends, because if bauxite mining begins here in the Perth Hills along the Darling Range, it will start the perfect storm where first mining is allowed, then a refinery comes within 5 or so years. We do not want another Yarloop scenario in our region.

“Together we will be heard”



Breaking News - BAJV Office Shutting Down

The Toodyay Shire-owned office of BAJV is to shut next to the Bendigo bank in Toodyay, effective as of today the 29th of January 2016, stating economic conditions and name changes as the reason for closure.

This is great news in the short term, but Yankuang Resource Limited which is 100% owned by the People's Republic of China (PRC) will no doubt be back at some stage in the future.

BAJV's Facebook admin were unsure what was going on and had called the new entity Yankuang Resource Limited and then they call them Yankuang Bauxite Resource Limited in their FB release yesterday. Rather than edit the post they removed it altogether to delete shares to this and other pages.

Supporters of these outrageous proposals who have sent in CVs and EOIs with the promise of jobs look set to be dissapointed given the time frames that were always stated in relation to a mine start-up.

BAJV had always stated that approvals should be in place by 2017, then mine constuction work would take 12 months and a mine operating by 2018.
There is an old saying and that is "all miners are liars, the bigger the miner the bigger the liar". BAJV caused many disputes within our communities and the doors will close today.

AHMAG are not sure how long the threat will be at bay, but we will be patiently waiting for the return of the Yankuang Resources Limited (PRC).
This is a good reminder that we should all be a little more careful about promises made by mining companies before aligning ourselves with them.

Following you can read the original post. Then click here to read the altered post


The sale of Bauxite Resources Limited’s interest in Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures to Yankuang Resources Limited has now been completed.
This means:

  • BRL has transferred to Yankuang all its interests in the tenements that relate to the joint ventures;
  • Yankuang has paid BRL $7.15 million and will pay a royalty of 0.9% of the FOB price for the first 100 million tonnes of bauxite mined from the Fortuna and Felicitas tenements;
  • BRL has bought back Yankuang’s 19,700,000 shares in BRL for the sum of $1.15 million.

Given the current economic climate, we will be focusing on the activities required to maintain the tenements in good standing.

Further development work on the Felicitas and Fortuna projects will be deferred until economic conditions improve.

We will be closing the Toodyay Office effective 29/01/15 until further notice. As it is still early on in this changeover we anticipate the website and Facebook pages will be rebranded under the new name - Yankuang Bauxite Resources Limited and will advise accordingly of changes. Please keep in touch as will we.

In the interim if you have any further enquires please contact Bruce Groenewald, Exploration Manager, Yankuang Bauxite Resources Ltd on 9200 6300.

"We WILL fight them head on when they return".

AHMAG on Facebook



Yankuang Complete Purchase with BRL For 100% Control of Felicitas and Fortuna Resources.

Money has changed hands, shares bought back and Yankuang representative resigns from the BRL board.

Bauxite Resources Limited advised the ASX today that completion of the Yankuang takeover of BRL’s interests in the Felicitas and Fortuna resources was completed and reads as follows.


Bauxite Resources Limited (‘BRL’) advises that completion of the sale of BRL’s interest in the Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (‘BAJV’), and the Buy-back of all of Yankuang’s shares in BRL, occurred this morning following BRL Shareholder approval of the transaction at the EGM held on 18th January 2016.

Click on this HotCopper link to read the full release.

If ever there was any doubt as to whether or not this would actually happen, it has well and truly been dispelled.

We can no longer keep our heads in the sand, we must continue to fight to protect our Darling Scarp or over time all will be lost!

“Together We Will Be Heard”



Toodyay Collection for Yarloop

John Minchin and Melanie Pree have started mobilising the Toodyay collection for the fire affected in Yarloop. Shortly the drop off point and times will be released so please stand by if you can assist with donations.

Items required to start with are 'clean up' tools, buckets and other items, 'treasures', toiletries and clothing. At this stage furniture is not needed because most people are being billeted (no room for storage).

Any queries please contact John or Melanie on 9574.4664.

Posted by Rosemary Madacsi on the following Facebook pages:
Toodyay Happenings
Toodyay Discussions


The Avon Valley National Park

To kick-start 2016, on New Year’s day members of the Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group Inc (AHMAG) drove along Morangup Rd, through the Morangup timber reserve on their way to Bald Hill in the Avon Valley National Park (AVNP), where they were once again treated to the sheer beauty of one of WA’s best kept secrets.

Have you ever visited the Avon Valley National Park?

The AVNP 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 where it rushes downstream in the winter months 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” which is soon to be 100% owned by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Many believe these companies and mining will be the neighbours 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 and the Fortuna mines obtain approvals to operate and in 10 or 15 years or maybe even less, the PROC 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. (See map below)

What will be next? The Moondyne nature reserve, the Morangup nature reserve or even the Avon Valley National Park itself!
Did you know that there are pending tenements over the Morangup timber reserve, the Moodyne nature reserve and parts of the Avon valley national park!!!

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 of Morangup, but to Toodyay, Wundowie, Wooroloo and 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.

The constant threat of mining in the Nature reserves and the Avon valley national park will continue while tenements are granted for exploration, not only for bauxite, but Gold, Iron and any other mineral that could be mined if exploration discovers economic quantities of any ore that could be potentially mined for profit.

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

We must protect these areas before they are destroyed forever and with your help we can!

Please share this post, like us on Facebook and ask your family and friends to do the same, because “Together We Will Be Heard” and this year we intend to make more noise than in 2015.

If you only visit one place in WA this year, please consider treating yourself to the wonders of the Avon Valley National Park and Bald Hill, where you will be in awe!


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There Is A Bad Smell In The Air...

...And It Is Not The Opal Vale Tip

On the 15th of December 2015 the Toodyay Shire used the last council meeting for 2015 to usher in a much contested M.6 policy on mining.

The Toodyay Council have always maintained a so called neutral stance on mining and in the Agenda for the January Ordinary Shire meeting, the Shire Officer (CEO Stan Scott) included a DRAFT mining policy (which he had previously written) called the M.6 mining policy..

It is important to note that there is no other Local Government (Shires) in WA that have adopted a policy on mining. There is a good reason for that, Local Governments can neither grant nor refuse a mining application, as these approvals are only done at State and Federal Government levels.

Having said that the Shire of Coorow wrote and adopted a policy on FRACKING and the same policy was also adopted by the shire of Carnamah. This policy combines Petroleum (Fracking), Mining and Extractive industries. We have it on good authority that the Toodyay Shire Officer was in possession of this policy prior to writing his own version for the Toodyay Shire.

Here is the link to read the full Coorow “Policy – Economic Services”, pages 44 - 46:

When the M.6 policy was first introduced in January 2015 and went out for public comment calling for submissions, AHMAG and other concerned members of the community wrote 22 submissions which outlined many concerns about the policy, as the policy gives council the ability to have close contact with mining proponents prior to having an operational business model approved by the regulatory authorities such as the DMP, the EPA and the DER.


Council delivers many services, projects, events and facilities. There may be occasions where these services, projects, events and facilities are sponsored or co-funded by a mining proponent. Such funding or sponsorship will not dilute Council’s commitments as set out in this policy.


Council own the Bendigo Bank Building and when the adjoining building alongside the Bank became available in 2014, there were a number of applicants including Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) who applied for the premises and instead of remaining neutral and choosing a neutral tenant, Council had the ultimate say and chose BAJV as co-tenants with the Bendigo Bank.

Council co-sponsor the Toodyay Ag Show with BAJV which enables BAJV to advertise themselves throughout the community alongside the Toodyay Shire.

How can council remain Neutral when they are DERIVING AN INCOME from BAJV? This is not a neutral stance on mining this is promoting a would be miner and definitely dilutes the ability to be impartial on mining in anyway.

How can the Toodyay Council stand up and speak out on behalf of their constituents under clause 120 of the mining act, when clearly they have a conflict of interest with the mining proponents.


It should also be noted that in the Coorow policy it does not mention that the Coorow council would be involved in any co funding or sponsorship with mining proponents, this is a Toodyay Shire initiative.



  • To ensure that local values relating to lifestyle and quality of life, including public health, amenity, biodiversity, water (both surface and ground), and other economic sectors (such as agriculture and tourism) are adequately considered and protected from such development or expansion of any extractive industry activity in the Shire of Coorow.
  • To ensure that any extractive industry activity is thoroughly assessed, monitored and managed effectively to meet all conditions of development consent, and endeavor to continuously improve operational practices to reduce environmental impacts wherever practicable.
  • To ensure petroleum and mining companies build a commitment to best practice standards for petroleum and mining activity in the shire of Coorow, and actively participate in local communities.


There is a world of difference between the Coorow policy and the M.6 mining policy just adopted by the Toodyay Council. These are the Objectives recently adopted by Toodyay:


  • To ensure that Council staff and the Community have an understanding of
    Councils role in mining approvals;
  • To provide an agreed policy position for Council’s advocacy with mining
    proponents and approval agencies.

In respect to current and future proposals for on-shore petroleum or other extractive industries council will:
a. Effectively consult communities within the shire regarding onshore petroleum developments and represent the concerns and interests of these communities in decision making on all matters relating to developments:
b. Assume a leadership role in negotiating with state Government and resource companies to ensure that any petroleum or mineral resource projects in the Shire provide benefit to the community, and individuals within the community where appropriate:
c. Ensure that the protection of the health of communities and the protection of the ground water resources is afforded the highest priority in decision – making by the Shire:
d. Support and advocate for the rights of communities and residents within the Shire to clean water, clean air and enjoyment of land without pollution or nuisance:
e. Facilitate an open dialogue and discussion within the community of all stakeholders, based on the sharing of accurate information to encourage an informed debate about issues related to mining.

Council supports transparency and full disclosure of project developments to the community as soon as is reasonably practicable within the constraints of proponents’ continuous disclosure obligations. The Shire is unable to take on aproponent’s responsibility to keep the community informed. Any Shire consultation activities will be in accordance with Council Policy M2 – Public Consultation.


Coorow Shire will effectively consult communities within their shire. Toodyay however put the onus back onto the mining and exploration companies, this is why we were never told of the exploration that had been going on in the Toodyay Shire since early 2011.

Then when the news broke in the Toodyay Herald in 2014 and we started asking questions as to why we were not informed by the Toodyay Shire, Council threw their hands in the air and blamed BAJV for the information vacuum.

Here is the link to read the full Toodyay M.6 Mining policy, Item 9.5.2, pages 28 - 30


Unlike the Policy adopted by Coorow the M.6 Mining policy does not pack any of the punch that you would expect of a Council whose main interests were the protection of the communities that are located within the Shire and to protect the amenity and lifestyles of those communities where they can enjoy, clean air, clean water, enjoyment of land without pollution or nuisance, agriculture, tourism etc.

The Toodyay Council sat on this very flawed M.6 Mining policy for the whole of 2015 and it was not until 4 new councillors occupied seats in the chamber, the last council meeting for the year and a special meeting for the Toodyay Herald which saw a packed house at the Toodyay Resource Centre that the policy was put back on the Agenda.

Was this a ploy to avoid another packed public gallery opposing the policy so that it would just slip through at the Eleventh hour?

You be the judge, but something does not smell right at 15 Fiennes Street, (Council Chambers) Toodyay Western Australia 6566.



Mining Act Amendment Bill


ROBIN CHAPPLE MLC - Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

Greens introduce mining amendments to protect regional communities.

Friday, 04 December

WA Greens MLC Robin Chapple today introduced a Mining Act amendment bill that would give communities the power to reject mining proposals within their local government area through planning schemes.

“The purpose of this bill is to address community concerns about the capacity of the Mining Act to override local or regional planning schemes, essentially handing power back to the people,” Mr Chapple said.

“Proposals to mine, and refine, bauxite in the Avon Hills area, and all along the Darling Scarp, have prompted me to bring this bill forward.

“There has been massive community opposition to those proposals from residents in the Shires of Mundaring, Northam and Toodyay who believe – and I strongly agree – that to mine in the Perth Hills so close to the metropolitan area would be both socially and environmentally irresponsible.

“However, there are other significant mining threats to communities across our state – particularly from the fledgling unconventional gas industry – and I hope this bill will also empower other communities who are in opposition to invasive mining activities.

“This Bill delivers to local communities, with the concurrence of the Minister for Planning, the power to reflect in their planning schemes what land uses they want without the Mining Act’s power of veto rendering such schemes merely advisory.”

Released by Media Liaison for Robin Chapple,
Tim Oliver 0431 9696 25 or 9486 8255.


It is important to NOTE that this Bill must still be ratified before any amendments to the Mining Act will occur and that many Bills fail, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.



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