Reclaim Lake Jasper. Be a part of the action plan for the Yoondadadup Lake Jasper defence.
Strategic Sands P/L a wholly owned subsidiary of Strategic Energy Resources Ltd has applied for a mining lease adjacent to Yoondadadup Lake Jasper in D’Entrecasteaux National Park on the south coast, which highlights the lack of protection given to our conservation estate in Western Australia.
There are currently mining leases or exploration licences over many National Parks and hundreds of Nature Reserves.
Of course, the proposed mineral sand mine at Lake Jasper does not show up in these figures, as the proposed mine area has been excised from D’Entrecasteaux National Park.
Too Magnificent To Mine
Strategic Sands’ mining proposal lies within an area that should have remained National Park rather than be excised for the purpose of exploration and mining.
The area lies within the winter flooding zone of Lake Jasper, which is the largest natural freshwater lake in South West WA, and is part of the Gingilup-Jasper wetland system. Lake Jasper and the Gingilup-Jasper wetland system represent outstanding and important ecosystems, and are recognised as such by their listing in the Register of the National Estate. It is ‘perched’ above the surrounding groundwater levels. A similar perched lake on Stradbroke Island was drained after mineral sand mining nearby. Lake Jasper also represents an Aboriginal archaeological site of worldwide significance containing Australia’s only underwater prehistoric site of human habitation.
The proposed mineral sand mine poses great risks for the Lake and would set an unacceptable precedent for mining in National Parks.
Acid sulphate soils have been discovered at the proposed mine site and the pollution potential of any mining are bound to be greatly increased by their presence.
The impact of draining or excavating these soils is devastating to the environment. Acid sulphate soils release sulphuric acid into the water table when exposed to the atmosphere. The presence of these soils at BHP’s Beenup mineral sands mine near Augusta lead to its closure and caused a massive plume of sulphuric acid to be released into the surrounding groundwater.
The D’Entrecasteaux Coalition has been successful in ensuring that the EPA and DEP adopt the National Strategy for the Management of Acid Sulphate Soils as part of the assessment of mining proposals. Acid sulphate soils are likely to be one of the main issues in relation to the Yoondadadup Lake Jasper proposal.
Currently the Mining Lease application is suspended.
The processing of the mining lease has been suspended whilst the Minister for the Environment considers the environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Gingilup-Jasper Wetland System adjacent to Lake Jasper. We must remain vigilant to ensure that Strategic Sands and its parent company SER are not granted a mining lease. If the consultative process with the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) are resumed, we must insist that the meetings should be open to members of the conservation movement.
Please visit our What You Can Do page for suggestions about getting involved in our no mining at Lake Jasper campaign. Be a part of the action plan for the Yoondadadup Lake Jasper defence.
Contact Geoff or Andy for details.
Denmark Environment Centre Inc Warren Environment Group
PO Box 142 PO Box 137
Western Australia 6333 Western Australia 6260
Geoff Evans Andy Russell
0488933828 08 9776 1559