Western Australia

Minister dismisses appeals on Helena-Aurora Range mining proposal

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has announced he is dismissing all appeals against the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) assessment on a proposal to mine iron ore in the Helena-Aurora Range, north of Southern Cross.

The Minister’s decision concludes that the EPA’s assessment of the proposal was supported by the available evidence on environmental impacts.

Other relevant decision-making authorities across government will now be consulted to determine whether or not the proposal should be implemented.

Earlier in 2017, the EPA found that a proposal by Mineral Resources Limited to develop the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron ore deposits within the Helena-Aurora Range was environmentally unacceptable.

The EPA’s report on the Mineral Resources Limited proposal received nine appeals.

These appeals identified a number of objections to the EPA’s report and recommendations, which were investigated independently of the EPA by the Appeals Convenor.

Source: WA Government