Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Agency will rule today on the level of assessment for a proposed coal mine in the State’s Margaret River region.
According to the West Australian, the EPA said it will announce the decision on the Vasse Coal coking project just after 11am local time.
The proposed mine has seen heavy opposition from the local community and anti-mining groups.
Many say the coal mine, which would be located less than 15km from the Margaret River town centre, would be detrimental to the wine making region.
Ian Parmenter, spokesman for the local No COALition, said people were “passionate” about their opposition to the mine, and that even international wine producers are concerned.
Underground operations at the mine will range from between 100 to 850 metres in depth.
Mining is Western Australia’s main primary industry as the state is dotted with mining and energy exploration and production centres. Even though mining started a couple of hundred years ago in the state there are still many areas left unexplored. This tells us that there are still large quantities of minerals and resources yet to be extracted.
There are around 600 mining companies operating out of Western Australia with their Registered Office’s located in Perth. These companies are exploring and producing Gold, Gas, Rare Earths, Uranium, Coal, Hot Rocks, Lithium andPhosphate to name a few. To search for a specific mining company, mineral or resource visit the web’s most comprehensive, online database of ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) listed mining and energy companies www.Australian-Shares.com.
There are many high paid, job opportunities in Western Australian mines and mining offices for skilled and non skilled workers. Most of these mines and operations are located in remote areas and often rely on a fly in and fly out or drive in drive out basis. This is so that the miners can work at the mine for a few weeks and then rest in the city for a few weeks. Many people who work at mines in Western Australia choose to take their time off in Perth due to the great City, Coast andCountry activities on offer. For more information about Mining Jobs in Western Australia visit this website or visit theEmployment Services section on the Perth Business Directory.
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Western Australia has some of the most spectacular and biodiverse National Parks in the world.
In many cases, National Parks are the last remaining islands of nature in a landscape that has been fundamentally changed by clearing, grazing, industrial development, housing and other human impacts.
Like many areas in Western Australia, our national parks may contain significant mineral deposits, however to date these areas have been relatively off-limits to mining companies.
Recently however, the Premier, Hon. Colin Barnett revealed that the Liberal-National Government were ‘discussing’ exploration for minerals and gas in national parks, stating that “…existing legislation does allow for mining in national parks if both houses of parliament approve…” This alarming revelation demonstrates that the Liberal-National government will do almost anything to maximise short-term mining industry royalties, with minimal consideration for the destruction of natural areas.
The Conservation Council has at times been critical of the management of our national parks – in particular the lack of State Government funding for weed and pest control, the lack of resources for dieback management and the impacts of unnatural fire regimes due to frequent prescribed burning.
All of these processes, combined with the effects of climate change, represent a slow degradation of our natural heritage over many decades. In contrast to these threats, allowing mining into National Parks has the potential to totally devastate our most highly valued natural assets almost overnight.
While the Labor party has long held a policy of not allowing mining in national parks, this has not stopped previous Labor governments from excising areas out of existing parks to allow mining (notably Karijinj and D’entracasteaux National Parks).
The Mining lobby have fought long and hard to prevent new areas from being added to the reserve system to retain access to minerals. As a consequence, Western Australia’s reserve system is highly inadequate by international scientific benchmarks for conservation. As a consequence, over 90% of Western Australia is already available for mining.
While National Parks have always been an important (if inadequate) tool for conservation, a future of climate change makes them even more critical. As our climate changes , it will be the most undisturbed natural systems that will be the most resilient .
Many of the National Parks and nature reserves we have today are only there because of the efforts of the Conservation Council and other conservation advocates who have lobbied for the protection of areas of high biodiversity or other ecological values. Our National Parks attract thousands of tourists each year from all over the world, representing a multi-million dollar money spinner for Western Australia’s economy.
If National Parks were to be opened up for mining, many of our threatened species and special places would have no defence against this highly destructive industry and Western Australia would lose an ongoing income stream and asset to pass on to future generations.
So, what is it that you want to be when you grow up?
Would you like to work in mining and finance? Oh you don’t? So, are you trying to say you don’t want to fit in? Then fuck off! Find somewhere else to work.