Iron Ore Mining Not To Proceed In Helena-Aurora Range Conservation Park

Iron Ore Mining Not To Proceed In Helena-Aurora Range Conservation Park

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

State Government Preserves Unique Helena-Aurora Range

Victor P Taffa

  • Mining proposal in the Yilgarn region not to proceed
  • Decision is final and without appeal
  • Investigations to create a class A reserve over the Helena-Aurora Range to commence

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has announced the State Government will not allow an iron ore mining proposal in the Helena-Aurora Range Conservation Park to proceed.

This decision was made after careful consideration of the environmental, social and economic aspects of Mineral Resources Limited’s proposal to develop the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron ore deposits in the range.

“Helena-Aurora Range is an intact Banded Iron formation with extremely high environmental and social values.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“Once mined, these landforms cannot be restored and today’s decision means the McGowan Government is preserving this range for future generations. This will ensure that the range can be enjoyed by locals and visitors to the region and maintained as a tourist destination.”

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has twice found this proposal to be unacceptable on environmental grounds and last month the Minister agreed with the independent Appeals Convenor by dismissing all appeals against the EPA assessment.

Environment Minister has since consulted with his ministerial colleagues to examine the social and economic benefits of the project. It has been concluded that the economic and social benefits of allowing the proposal do not outweigh the identified environmental impacts.

This decision has taken into account the pre-eminent environmental values of the Helena-Aurora Range, including the significance of the intact landforms and risks to threatened flora if the proposal was approved.

State Government is now investigating options to create a class A reserve over the Helena-Aurora Range.