Recent Weekly Updates – 9 In Total Posted 16/06/19
Letter from Minister Dawson – April
Email from Shadow_Minister_Environment_May 2019_6
Emails Re Clearing_May_June_7
Letter from Minister Dawson_April_1
Letter from Minister for Planning_DICKINSON_8
Letter from Minister of Mines_May19_4
Letter from Premier_May 19_2
Letter to Minister_Dawson_May_19_3
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Steve Grimmer Weekly Update – 01/05/19
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Steve Grimmer Weekly Update – 17/04/19
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Steve Grimmer Weekly Update – 16/04/19
1. NCAG final submission to the WA Government
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2. Reply from the premier Mark McGowan
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Steve Grimmer Weekly Update – 07/04/19
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Email the WA Premier Mark McGowen and let him know how you feel about this issue at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another busy week as we prepared letters to be sent off to the Premier highlighting the lack of balance and fairness of the SAT decision and to the Minister for the Environment to request a full EPA Assessment based on information not available when the initial referral was assessed. These letters will be available on our Facebook page and our web-site from Friday after our meeting with the Minister’s Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Officer scheduled for this Thursday morning.
Some of you may have heard my interview on ABC radio last Tuesday where I addressed the lack of balance and fairness of the decision and highlighted the impact this ruling is having on us. The meeting with the Minister’s senior staff was arranged shortly after this interview so it is my intention to really step up our media presence from next week now that I am across all the relevant facts. Wherever possible we will look to load any interviews onto our Facebook page and our web-site.
We really appreciate the fact that people are sending letters into the Minister’s office and request that you encourage others to support us by sending a letter in their own words requesting a full EPA Assessment based on errors of fact and omissions in the proposal originally submitted to the EPA by the proponent.
Please send it to:
The Minister for the Environment, Stephen Dawson
12th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
WEST PERTH WA 6005
Valid Points to include:
A mining development should never be considered as compatible with a Conservation Zone.
There is a connected network of wetlands along the transport route that will be impacted on. Lake Saide is a “Conservation Category Wetland”. The wetland adjacent to Lee Rd needs to be properly assessed. Buffer zones requirements for these wetlands are likely to be breached.
The impact on rare and endangered flora and fauna. To date, no fauna study has been done although 6 threatened species are found in the locality including all 3 species of Black Cockatoos.
The clearing required on the haulage route and unsuitable nature of the tree lined gravel roads for haulage trucks.
There will be an increased risk of the spread of Phytophthora Dieback and weed invasion resulting in loss of biodiversity.
The adverse impact on our families who live along the transport route
ABC RADIO INTERVIEW WITH STEVE GRIMMER posted 12/03/19
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WEEKLY UPDATE 18/02/19 Thank you for your interest in saving the Nullaki and to those who made it along to the community walk last Friday. This was well attended for a week day and it was great to have Peter Watson, Diane Evers and ABC Rural attend along with a number of spirited adults, youngsters and dogs.
We have had quite a busy time and thank you for your patience. From now on I will look to find the time to give you a weekly update. Please feel free to share this with others you think might be interested.
We have made progress on the political advocacy front with both Peter Watson and Diane Evers attending the walk and offering support. However, they have stressed that SAT is an independent body and have confirmed that only the City of Albany could appeal the SAT decision. They both agree the only way to stop this mining operation is on environmental grounds and offered ongoing support.
So our focus is now on the adverse impact this totally inappropriate development will have on the environment and social surroundings including affected residents. The environment team are working on a submission with supporting photos and correspondence and we hope to share our thinking when we have a draft.
We have established a Facebook presence, a web-site and set up an online petition, that can all be found by searching Save the Nullaki. Please encourage people to support us through either forum. There is a Save the Nullaki bush bash on this Sunday the 24th with local musicians playing and a lamb on the spit. Music will go from 4pm to 8pm at the Youngs Siding Hall.
Weekly Update 05/03/19 Thank you for all your support including the wonderful Bush Bash last Sunday which was attended by over 140 people. This demonstrates the wonderful support we are getting from local people. Money raised was used for the bumper stickers and we have a fighting fund of around $1000 after deducting all expenses. A warm thank you to the wonderful Musicians, Terry, James and Toowawee (Blue Tongue Lizard} along with Adam Grok and Mary Jane Negus. Your support is greatly appreciated. We continue to make progress on the political front, with great support from the Greens. Next week, I will share the letters summarising all our concerns on our web-site and Facebook page. Once these letters have been sent to the Premier, relevant Ministers, the opposition and media I will embark on a media campaign to continually raise awareness. We will be asking for a judicial review of the SAT decision and a full EPA assessment of the environmental risks. From now on we will share this weekly update via Facebook and our web-site only so please log on every Monday for news. We have over 1260 signatures on the petition and would like anyone who cares to send a letter to the Minister of Environment based on the following key messages. The more letters sent, the better the chance of a full EPA assessment. Please support us by sending a letter in your own words requesting a full EPA Assessment based on errors of fact and omissions in the proposal originally submitted to the EPA by the proponent. Contact: The Minister of the Environment Stephen Dawson 12th Floor, Dumas House 2 Havelock Street WEST PERTH WA 6005 Email: Minister.Dawson@dpc.wa.gov.au Valid Points to include: 1. A mining development should never be considered as compatible with a Conservation Zone 2. There is a connected network of wetlands along the transport route that will be impacted on. Lake Saide is a “Conservation Category Wetland”. The wetland adjacent to Lee Rd needs to be properly assessed. Buffer zones requirements for these wetlands are likely to be breached. 3. The impact on rare and endangered flora and fauna. To date, no fauna study has been done although 6 threatened species are found in the locality including all 3 species of Black Cockatoos. 4. The clearing required on the haulage route and unsuitable nature of the tree lined gravel roads for haulage trucks. 5. There will be an increased risk of the spread of Phytophthora Dieback and weed invasion resulting in loss of biodiversity. 6.The adverse impact on our families who live along the transport route Weekly Update 09/03/19 SAT Ruling Devastates a Small Rural Community Our community is reeling from the recent WA SAT decision to allow a mining operation in the pristine Nullaki Conservation Zone. We believe this decision lacks balance and fairness as it was made by a Perth based tribunal who have never met us and ignored 2 unanimous votes from our democratically elected Council, the unequivocal advice of the Department of Planning and 92% of public submissions received on the matter. The Nullaki Peninsula sits in Young Siding a small, fun loving rural community on the South Coast of WA nestled between Albany and Denmark. We all came here for different reasons but we all stay for the same reason, our calm and peaceful lifestyle. We are a community that cares and that is why we have come together to support each other and fight an injustice that totally ignores the importance of our people and the environment. We are rural folk who have full respect for our farmers who put the food on our tables. While agricultural lime is important it should be sourced from the many suitable locations across the State. In fact there are 3 lime pits nearby situated in areas that are appropriately zoned. We are seeking help from a Labour Government who claim to be the party of the people. Given the impact this decision is having on our lives we are asking the WA State Government to fund a judicial review of the SAT ruling to answer the following questions 1. How can a mining operation ever be viewed as consistent with the objectives of a Conservation Zone? Mining involves extraction, Conservation involves preservation 2. How can this SAT ruling be valid when it is based on a Development Application and EPA Referral that contain a number of factual errors and omissions? 3. How can a SAT panel based in Perth rule that “the varied use will not have an adverse effect on the inhabitants of the locality” when the only affected party they ever met with was the Proponent. 4. Why were the critical environmental risks associated with the transport route (wetlands, endangered flora and fauna, social surroundings) glossed over in the SAT ruling and will they now be sent for full EPA Assessment? 5. Why has the Minister for Planning delayed signing a standard omnibus amendment that would have clarified the permitted use of the Conservation Zone when it clearly reflects the will of our Council and is consistent with the unequivocal advice of her Department. Given this amendment was advertised why was it given little weight in the SAT Ruling? Amazingly we are not able to challenge this ruling as WA is the only state in Australia that does not allow third party appeals from affected parties in planning matters. We are not interested in the blame game or the politics of this. The country way is that when you make a mistake you admit it, fix it and move on. We simply want our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren to enjoy the calm and peaceful lifestyle and beautiful natural environment we came here for. Stephen Grimmer On Behalf of the Nullaki Community Action Group Too Beautiful to Mine