Have your say to help save Jarrah Forests on the Darling Ranges

Alcoa's Bauxite mining on the Darling Range in the southwest of WA for the years 2022 to 2026 & 2023 to 2027

US mining giant Alcoa is seeking to mine another 9,600 ha of our unique Jarrah forest for bauxite.

For the first time in the company's 60-year history in WA, we have the chance to ask the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to review Alcoa's latest mining proposals in a Public Environmental Review (PER).

This is unique because you now have the opportunity to have your say. Alcoa's mining proposals are normally assessed behind closed doors by the state government.

The BirdLife WA branch is strongly opposed to Alcoa's proposals.

If you agree with us, we urge you to make a brief submission calling on the EPA to assess Alcoa's proposal as a PER - the highest level of assessment.

Simply click on this link: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/bauxite-mining-darling-range/

Add your details and select your recommended level of assessment. We urge you to select

"Assess - Public environmental review".

If you wish, you can also add your reasoning.

Some of our concerns that you may want to mention are:

• Not only will Alcoa's mining proposal threathens our public water supply, it will have significant impact on broader surface and groundwater resources which will effect remaining native vegetation, including mature vegetation suitable for black-cockatoos.

• It will impact our black-cockatoos. Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo are Critically Endangered, due in part to loss of forest habitat. Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are having to forage more frequently on the Swan Coastal Plain due to loss of their forest habitat. Should the proposed bauxite mining be approved, the threats to these threatened species will be substantially increased.

• Even in 60 years, Alcoa has been unable to demonstrate that they can successfully rehabilitate Jarrah forests. The only result has been less forest for our birds.

• Social values have changed since bauxite mining commenced in the Northern Jarrah Forest. The destruction that was encouraged then is not acceptable now. This includes care for the future of our birds.

• Bauxite mining has lost social license by not assuring the community of WA that rehabilitation following mining operations will adequate replace the habitat values that have been lost.

Posted on August 09, 2023 08:52 AM by kezzza4 kezzza4

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