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HELENA AND AURORA RANGE (BUNGALBIN) - WELCOME

The Helena and Aurora Range (Kalamaia name 'Bungalbin') is a magnificent banded ironstone formation (BIF) range in Western Australia that has National Heritage values and is worthy of protection from mining in a Class A Reserve and National Park and being declared a "No Go" area for mining.

The Helena and Aurora Range Advocates Inc (HARA), are not alone in having an appreciation of this range;

  • Ken Newbey (botanist), on visiting Helena and Aurora Range for the first time in the 1980s, exclaimed “This should be a National Park”.
  • The Yilgarn Shire on its website refers to the Helena and Aurora Range as Bungalbin Range and states that “It has spectacular rock formations and scenery, surpassed only by the Hamersley Range in Western Australia”
  • Simon Nevill (writer and photographer) states in his book on Parks and Reserves of WA " ... in this northern Yilgarn region .... there is one range that should never be mined and that is Helena Aurora Range north of Koolyanobbing."
  • The EPA in 2007 called the range "one of the more significant biodiversity assets in WA"

THIS WEBSITE INTRODUCES HELENA AND AURORA RANGE, BUNGALBIN

TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET VISITED IT:

Introducing its majesty, wildlife, plants, natural heritage and conservation history (see Video, Gallery of photos, Maps & Location, Helena Aurora Range Bungalbin and much more).

In particular, to present the Range's conservation and heritage values.

We encourage people to visit this range for themselves (in person).

 

AT THIS CRITICAL TIME IN 2017

- this website also helps us speak out on behalf of

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

by keeping people 'in touch' and being a source of information

TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

- sign up to "our mailing list"    AND    '

Like' the Helena & Aurora Range Facebook page

By being a voice in the community (hopefully one of many voices) calling for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin to be protected in perpetuity as a Class A National Park (see National Park Proposal). This is the highest level of protection currently available in Western Australia, towards protection of the Range in its entirety from all mining and exploration activities.

HOW IS IT SO CRITICAL FOR  Helena  and  Aurora  Range,  Bungalbin ?

A mine proposal, J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore project  was referred to the EPA in July 2014. Although the EPA recommended an API Category B (Environmentally unacceptable) level of assessment, following an appeal process, the then Minister for the Environment, Albert Jacob, requested in April 2015 that the mine proposal be given a Public Environmental Review (PER) level of assessment. The PER document was released for public comment in September 2016. The EPA received at least 250 individual submisssions and over 1,200 proforma submissions. It has been outstanding the level of expertise that has stepped forward in response to the PER and the overwhelming suport from members of the public.

The EPA released its recommendation on 28 June 2017 - that the J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore project proposal NOT be implemented.

Currently there is an Appeals process on this recommendation. Nine appeals on the EPA's recommendation have been received. The Appeals Convenor's report is expected to be released in October 2017.

The final decision will be with the Minister for the Environment, Stephen Dawson, and the Cabinet of the Government of WA.

FOR MORE INFOPRMATION see pages: PER Assessment - where are we now?; PER Assessment Timeline; Significance of Range; J5 and Bungalbin East mine proposal (still to come); Video: Helena & Aurora Range "Jewel in the Crown"

FOR HOW TO HELP see page: Join-in the Action

VIEW and SHARE VIDEOS of people speaking out for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin: Buckland to Bungalbin, Greg Warburton's walk following in the steps of the 1861 Dempster Expedition from Buckland (north of Northam) to Bungalbin Hill (on Helena and Aurora Range); Romolo Patroni speaks out, Shire President of the Yilgarn Shire from 1986 to 2013; Brian Champion Elder of Kalamaia Kapurn People says "Stop, Don't touch, Leave it alone"; Helena Aurora Range - Save The Range on the beauty of the Range and the potential tragedy that could unfold by Carl Erbrich; Helena and Aurora Range our WA Treasure - a drone perspective (2 minutes)

All of these pages are under the Header PROTECT.

 

(This website will always be a task in progress, with additions, updates and any omissions rectified on a regular (or irregular) basis.)

 

Helena and Aurora Range Advocates Inc. (HARA) recognises that this BIF Range, Bungalbin, is also very important to its Traditional Owners, the Kalamaia Kapurn People and supports them in their efforts to protect Bungalbin and in them being joint managers of the Helena and Aurora (Bungalbin) National Park when it is created.  

 


References

Environmental Protection Authority (2007) Advice on areas of the highest conservation value in the proposed extensions to Mount Manning Nature Reserve. Advice of the Environmental Protection Authority to the Minister for the Environment under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Bulletin 1256, May 2007, Perth, Western Australia (pg. iii).

Nevill, S. (2011) Travellers Guide to the Parks and Reserves of Western Australia. Simon Nevill Publications

Newbey, B. pers. comm.

Yilgarn Shire website, viewed December 2011


 

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