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"
AT THIS CRITICAL TIME IN 2017
- this website 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 ?
During the first half of 2017, the EPA will make its recommendation to the Minister for the Environment on whether it is environmentally acceptable to mine the Range or not, and then the final decision will be with the Minister for the Environment and the Government of WA.
During 2014 to 2016: the mine proposal, J5 and Bungalbin East, was referred to the EPA (in July 2014); it was then pushed to a Public Environmental Review (PER) level of assessment by the Minister for the Environment (in April 2015) even though the EPA said it was environmentally unacceptable. The PER was then put together by the proponent and finally released to the public for submissions (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.
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;
All of these pages are under the Header PROTECT.
THIS WEBSITE ALSO 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). We encourage people to visit this range for themselves (in person).
In particular, to present the Range's conservation and heritage values.
(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.
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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