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Petitions tabled in parliament with almost 1000 signatories.

Submissions were prepared by Diane Evers MLC who tabled the petition and the Principle petitioner – Donald Clarke for and in consultation with the Convenor’s of the Coalition and DEC.

 

Extract from Hansard
[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 19 February 2019]
p429b-429b
Hon Diane Evers


MINING — LAKE JASPER

Petition

HON DIANE EVERS (South West) [2.01 pm]: I present a petition containing 957 signatures couched in the following terms —

To the President and Members of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled.

We the undersigned oppose any approval of any application for a mining lease in the area of Lake Jasper on the South Coast of Western Australia. We also request that this area as previously excised from the D’Entrecasteaux National Park be reinstated as part of the national park.

The area has significant cultural heritage and environmental values that would be destroyed by mining.

We therefore respectfully request that the Legislative Council recommend that the Lake Jasper area be reinstated into D’Entrecasteaux National Park, and that no applications for exploration or mining leases are approved.

[See paper 2413.]

PREVIOUS ACTIONS— Saturday 8th December 2018
Camp on Yoondadadup Country
Activists Gather to Protect Yoondadadup Lake Jasper from Mining

Indigenous custodians, ecologists, geologists, Parliamentary representatives and local environmental activists gathered at Yoondadadup Lake Jasper in the State’s south-west on Saturday December 8 campaigning to protect WA’s largest freshwater lake from mining.

There was the option of a day visit, or camp over-night.
The program included:
• Welcome to Country;
• environmental & cultural orientation;
• past & current mining/exploration activity;
• meeting – campaign action.
Sunday
Early morning at Lake Jasper, video and photo opportunities.

2 Dec 2018
Media release

Activists Gather to Protect Yoondadadup Lake Jasper from Mining

Indigenous custodians, ecologists, geologists, Parliamentary representatives and local environmental activists will be gathering at Yoondadadup Lake Jasper in the State’s south-west on Saturday December 8 campaigning to protect WA’s largest freshwater lake from mining.

The Yoondadadup Lake Jasper area is an important ecological reservoir with numerous threatened species using the area as a refuge, and thus a significant scientific research area for flora and fauna. It is an important indigenous cultural site with major archaeological significance, as well as being a recreational and tourist destination.

A mineral sands mining lease has been lodged next to Yoondadadup Lake Jasper, within a conservation reserve and the Gingilup-Jasper Wetlands, and has been recommended by The Minster for Mines for granting pending consultation with the Minister for Environment.

“It is concerning that this recommendation was based on the fact there were no objections lodged to the application, yet none of the 8 Environment Centres in the SW nor any state conservation body was aware that an application had been made. Neither were they aware that such a submission period occurred.

Also a concern that the current consultation period does not involve stakeholders”, said D’Entrecasteaux Coalition spokesperson Andy Russell.

“The local MLA, Terry Redman, has stated that it’s important to let the regulatory process run its course, but clearly the current process is not including past history or community input.”

“If mining in the conservation estate is not bad enough, we know that mineral sands mines in similar environments to Yoondadadup Lake Jasper (Beenup and Jangardup) has caused major environmental and public health issues”.

Both the former Beenup and Jangardup mineral sands mines have left large acid groundwater plumes putting the environment and public health at risk. The local communities are now left to cope with the contamination and long-term impacts of acidic groundwater.

“What is also perplexing is that the Labor Government’s policy platform states that it will protect national parks and other conservation areas from such mining proposals”, said Mr Russell.

“A mine 300 metres from Yoondadadup Lake Jasper and which cuts through the Gingilup-Jasper Wetlands puts a number of existing sustainable activities at risk and of course the natural environment. The mining industry has never been able to fully rehabilitate complex wetland ecosystems or control the spread of dieback”.

“The Labor Government must honour its election commitment to protect the State’s conservation estate. It protected the Beeliar Wetlands from Roe Highway. It is now time to protect the Gingilup-Jasper Wetlands from mining. Our gathering at Lake Jasper will plan the next phase of the campaign to improve protection of the conservation estate and public review of mining applications”.

Mr Russell confirmed that concerned community members are welcome to join the campaign camp on December 8, and that they email savelakejasper@gmail.com for details.

 

 

16 December 2018

Media release

Indigenous Custodians Share SW Wetlands Dismay

The indigenous custodians of Yoondadadup country, including Elder Wayne Webb and other members, hosted a large group of people from around the South West to Yoondadadup Lake Jasper

This was a response to their alarm that there are 5 major tenements across the Scott Coastal Plain from Yoondadadup Lake Jasper in the east to Beenup in the west.

These major tenements include an Astro Resources NL retention licence over 3500ha; Iluka Exploration Licence (pending) 16 Blocks; Cable Sands (Cristal) retention licence; Cable Sands (Cristal) Mining Lease and the Strategic Sands (SER) Mining lease (pending).

The group, members of the D’Entrecasteaux Coalition, represented communities from the Albany, Denmark, Bridgetown, Pemberton, Margaret River, Nannup and Northcliffe. Their hosts oriented them to the sacredness, heritage, environmental richness and natural beauty of Yoondadadup Lake Jasper.
Mr Webb explained that Yoondadadup is the “creation place” of the Pibulmun Nation, and that his maat-family had continuous connection to this Boodjara (country).

“Pibulmun Wadandi Elders and cultural custodians, and other neighbouring clans of Aboriginal people, are deeply disturbed that their cultural beliefs and traditions could be severely impacted upon by any mining activity’, he told the group.

The Gingilup-Jasper Wetland System between Pemberton and Augusta is regarded by the South West community as a national icon to be protected at all cost.

The proposal by Strategic Sands to mine vast areas of this wetland system are unacceptable to a majority of people.

Following the overnight event, Coalition Co-Convenor Geoff Evans joined with the Elders in calling upon Strategic Sands to relinquish the Mining Lease application M70/1385, and upon the government to return the excised Lake Jasper area to D’Entrecasteaux National Park.
Local Eco-Tourism Operator and Coalition spokesperson, Andy Russell, queried why the Government has exposed Yoondadadup Lake Jasper area and the Scott Coastal Plain to the potential for extreme industrialisation.

“Any disturbance to the lake, its wetland system and surrounds will destroy important indigenous cultural sites, recreational values, as well as threaten a very important conservation area. This site is sacred to all West Australians. It’s our largest natural freshwater lake in the southwest and deserves to be preserved and not destroyed”, he declared.

The visiting group were grateful for the opportunity to be welcomed to the country, and recommitted the eight environmental groups forming the Coalition to petition and lobby to save the area from mining.

Elder Wayne Webb and Geoff Evans share a quiet moment at Yoondadadup Lake Jasper

And a group photo at Yoondadadup Lake Jasper

 

 

Link to Environmental Defenders Office and newsletter about Cable Sands relinquishing Lake Jasper mining lease 2010.

2http://www.edowa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2016/11/newsletter-2010-09.pdf

 

POSTED ON OCTOBER 24, 2018
Mining lease application at Lake Jasper … AGAIN!
Diane Evers, Greens MLC for the South West Region posted on Facebook
I’m dismayed at the application for a mining lease at Lake Jasper, a sacred site near the D’Entrecasteaux National Park between Augusta and Walpole. The Government has accepted the lease application from Strategic Energy Resources without apparent knowledge of the history of the site, nor any community consultation.
This sensitive and fragile lake system has been the focus of major social, cultural and environmental conflict since 1988, when the then WA state government decided to excise the land from the park to facilitate exploration and a potential mine on the banks of the lake, which is WA’s largest permanent freshwater body.
Mining companies such as Cable Sands and Bmax were unsuccessful in mining applications there, principally because of the presence of local acid sulphate soils that could contaminate the water as a result of mining activities.
With a history of countless mining court hearings, hundreds of past mine objectors, and related High court decisions, I find it incomprehensible that Strategic Energy Resources’ application was accepted. I’ll be pushing for the current Minister for Lands, Bill Johnston, to return the lake into the national park precinct.
I also urge all concerned people to attend a community meeting at the Denmark Environment Centre next Monday to discuss action to prevent the mining from going ahead.
The meeting will consider all remedial options, including reopening the approval application process for comment, or stopping the process now.
The meeting will be held at 11am at the DEC on Monday October 29 2018.

Petition 28 November 2018 and 19 February 2019 with almost a 1000 signatures.