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New video fotage for Helena and Aurora Range - beautiful views of the Range shown

New video fotage for Helena and Aurora Range - beautiful views of the Range shown

New video of Helena and Aurora Range

 

Helena and Aurora Range our WA Treasure

a drone perspective

 

Ben Hart took the drone footage

and

Ian Hakanson edited the video

 

 

EPA recommendation in the News

EPA recommendation in the News

Newspaper articles

 

26th to 30th June 2017

 

in response to the EPA recommendation

 

not to mine Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, 26 June 2017

 

KALGOORLIE MINER, 27 June 2017

KALGOORLIE MINER, 29 June 2017

 

THE AUSTRALIAN, 29 June 2017 (page 27)

 

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN 30 JUNE 2017

 

THE EPA HAS RELEASED IT'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

THE EPA HAS RELEASED IT'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

EPA has released its report and recommendations

on the

Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project

28 June 2017

Summary section of report (pages 1-12)

click on Cover Page Image below

 

 

To sum up the summary, the EPA found that:

- three of the six Key Environmental Factors were not manageable, these are:

1. Flora and Vegetation

2. Social Surroundings

3. Landforms

- that for the Key Environmental Factor Subterranean Fauna, the likely residual impact to Troglofauna remains significant, and

- that the proposed impacts to Key Environmental Factors - Terrestrial Fauna and Hydrological Processess and Inland Waters Environmental Quality are manageable.

 

TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT and OTHER DOCUMENTS GO TO THE EPA WEBSITE

OR can directly download the EPA REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS HERE

MRL receive a NO from the EPA

MRL receive a NO from the EPA

EPA report on the J5 and Bungalbin East mine proposal

 

due to be released tomorrow,

 

Wednesday 28 June 2017

(visit epa website on 28 June 2017 to view copy of report)

 

Comments from proponent Mineral Resources Limited already in the news!

THE KALGOORLIE MINER, 27 JUNE 2017

 

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, 26 JUNE 2017

Welcome News - new Minister for Environment visit H&A Range

Welcome News - new Minister for Environment visit H&A Range

The West Australian, today, 3 May 2017

Welcome News!

Our new Minister for Environment,Stephen Dawson, 

 

will visit Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

to see the Range for himself

News items in the Kalgoorlie Miner and Weekend West Australian

News items in the Kalgoorlie Miner and Weekend West Australian

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

is in the NEWS today

 

22 April 2017

 

Peter Robertson (The Wilderness Society) talks to Journalist Laura Meachim about the recently launched Crowdfunding Campaign

The Kalgoorlie Miner, Saturday 22 April 2017


 


OUR VIEW

Helena and Aurora Range is more immensely more valuable to West Australians fully protected (NOT MINED)

 

 


 

Journalist Nick Evans presents 'where things are at' as far as Mineral Resources Limited is concerned as they press on with their intentions to mine the Range.

The Weekend West Australian 22 April 2017
 

Crowdfunder launched by TWS for Helena and Aurora Range

Crowdfunder launched by TWS for Helena and Aurora Range

 

The Wilderness Society has launched a crowdfunder

 

for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

To help create a National Park for its protection

 

Visit the crowdfunder to read more.

The first $5,000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar by a very kind donator

Your support is gratefully received and will help the Helena and Aurora Range campaign to protect the magnificent, much loved Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

 

The money raised in this crowdfunder will help create a National Park for Helena and Aurora Range

By helping the campaign partners to:

  • Run a targeted digital community engagement campaign to call on the new State Government to protect the Range as a National Park.
  • Take supporters and decision makers to the Range for them to experience its magnificence first hand.
  • Produce a short film to raise awareness of the Range more broadly.

epa has released MRL's response to submissions on their website

epa has released MRL's response to submissions on their website

The epa has released the response to submissions

 

by Mineral Resources Limited

 

today, 11 April 2017

 

You may be interested in looking at some of these documents if you made a submission last year on the J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore proposal

To view and download documents visit the epa website and follow the path by clicking on .....
Assessments/Active Assessments/J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project/ 3. Assessment/ Environmental Review/
... then there is the list of documents under the heading "Proponent response to submissions"
Or can use this direct link:
http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/…/jackson-5-and-bungalbin-east-iro…

There are quite a few documents!

The beauty of "Standing on Helena and Aurora Range": Photo by Vicki Warburton

 

 

Letters to the Editor The West Australian 25 January 2017

Letters to the Editor The West Australian 25 January 2017

John Irvin's reply to Graham Thomson

 

Letters to the Editor, The West Australian

 

25 January 2017

Letters to the Editor The West Australian 23 January 2017

Letters to the Editor The West Australian 23 January 2017

Brian Moyle gives reply to Graham Thomson in

 

Letters to the Editor

 

The West Australian

 

23 January 2017

 

Letters to the Editor - responses to Mark Henryon's article

Letters to the Editor - responses to Mark Henryon's article

Letters's to the Editor - The West Australian

 

Responses to Mark Henryon's article

10 January 2017 and 12 January 2017

 

 

 

The Weekend West Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin call to protect 7Jan2017

The Weekend West Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin call to protect 7Jan2017

The Weekend West

 

"It's our heritage and we must save it for our kids"

 

7 January 2017

AGENDA pp122-123

 

(easier to read copies!!)

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) - Call to protect in The West TODAY

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) - Call to protect in The West TODAY

 

Call to protect Helena and Aurora Range

 

in The Weekend West

 

TODAY!

 

by Mark Henryon

 

AGENDA Pg122 - 123

 

Romolo Patroni speaking out for Helena and Aurora Range

Romolo Patroni speaking out for Helena and Aurora Range

Romolo Patroni speaking out for Helena and Aurora Range

Romolo Patroni was Shire President of the Yilgarn Shire for 26 years (from 1986 to 2013)

 

 

https://youtu.be/rhWVuxLntnc

PER - J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore mine proposal released today 5 September 2016

PER - J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore mine proposal released today 5 September 2016

J5 and Bungalbun East Iron Ore mine proposal

 

released, by the EPA, to the public

 

today - 5 September 2016

 

The J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore mine proposal was rleased toady to the public for submissions.

Submissions can be made ONLINE (at the EPA website)

We have until the 31 October to male submissions - a period of eight weeks

 

We encourage evryone who is concerned about this mine to make a submission.

Best to focus on the aspect(s) that you are concerned about.  Also, if you have particular expertise in one area, good to focus on that area.

 

The PER is approximately 280 pages long plus appendicies. PER can be downloaded form MRL website. Note download each section individually (e.g. Executive Summary, Introduction ... etc) as total doc is ~129MB.

There are also additional Appendicies separate from the main PER document that provide details on the specific surveys conducted by consultants (e.g. fauna, flora or subterranean fauna surveys) - available on a CD from MRL (Mineral Resources Limited) as outlined in the EPA website in regard to the J5 and Bungalbin East PER.

MAP OF PROPOSED MINE AREAS ON HELENA AND AURORA RANGE - taken from the PER document (MRL 2016)

 

If you can, it will invaluable if you can address the EPA Objective and Key Environmental Values that relate to your areas of concern (listed in the Executive Summary of the PER document). All relates to impacts on Helena and Aurora Range and the Helena and Aurora Range Conservation Park.

Please don't hesitate to contact HARA (Helena and Aurora Range Advocates) if you have any questions, want to discuss any aspects of the PER or require more information.

MAPS FROM PER J5 AND BUNGALBIN EAST IRON ORE PROPOSAL - (MRL 2016)

 

Tourism, National Parks, GWW and H&A Range (Bungalbin)

Tourism, National Parks, GWW and H&A Range (Bungalbin)

Tourism, National Parks,

Great Western Woodlands

and

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

There was much publicity and several events in May and June 2016 that show cased the outstanding value of the Great Western Woodlands (see articles below).

Especially its TOURISM potential.

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin is one of the wonders of the Great Western Woodlands and cannot be forgotten as an impotant part of the magic and wonder of the Great Western Woodlands.

Many West Australians believe that it would be crazy to mine Helena and Aurora Range, one of the treasuers of the Great Western Woodlands and naturally enough of WA,  Australia and the World. After all, the Great Western Woodlands is internationally significant (the largest intact Temperate Woodland on planet Earth).

We simply need to convince our government.

EXTRACT of ABOVE ARTICLE Promote unique woodland appeal

RAC Horizons Magazine   June-July  2016 pages 38-43

 

 

 

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) in the spotlight

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) in the spotlight

Full-page advertisement

placing

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

In the spotlight

Kalgoorlie Miner - May and June 2016

 

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin in April 2016

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin in April 2016

 

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin in April 2016

 

Perentie (Varanus giganteus) blend in so well to the rocks and red dust, we almost missed this one (Photo Greg Warburton)

Walking down the slopes of the range                                                    

Dryandra arborea (Banksia arborea)

Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla    in flower

Pittosporum angustifolium   in fruit

Cave entrance

Oh how small we are against the massive BIF rock towards the eastern end of the range ('Bungalbin East') (Photo Greg Warburton)

ANZAC dawn service at Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin)

ANZAC dawn service at Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin)

 

ANZAC DAWN SERVICE

 

on the top of

 

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

25 April 2016

 

 

Third Tabling of Helena and Aurora Range Petition

Third Tabling of Helena and Aurora Range Petition

Helena and Auora Range (Bungalbin) Petition was tabled for the third time

 

on

 

Thursday 9am 12 November 2015

 

in the

 

Legislative Assembly, Parliament House

 

by Tony Simpson MLA

 

 

 

 

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) Petition tabled in Parliament Today for second time

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) Petition tabled in Parliament Today for second time

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) Petition

 

tabled today at 12 pm 

 

by Chris Tallentire MLA

Photo: Handing over of Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) Petition to Chris Tallentire MLA on the steps of Parliament House - for the second time.

(Photo by Simon James)

 

Helena and Aurora Range Petition tabled in Parliament Today

Helena and Aurora Range Petition tabled in Parliament Today

Helena and Aurora Range Petition

 

Tabled in Parliament TODAY

 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

 

 

Handing the Helena and Aurora Range Petition to Tony Simpson MLA to table in the Legislative Assembly

Not to let the Minister of the Environment, Albert Jacob and Parliamnet forget

about protecting Helena and Aurora Range

Environmental Minister Decision rejects EPA's Recommendation on 22 April 2015

Environmental Minister Decision rejects EPA's Recommendation on 22 April 2015

Albert Jacob rejects EPA's recommendation

of an API Category B (Environmentally unacceptable) level of assessment

for the J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore proposal

 

Hon Albert Jacob MLA (Minister for Environment) made the decision that the J5 and Bungalbin East proposal be "remitted to the EPA for assessment ..." .... to be conducted at the PER level of assessment (i.e. Public Environmental Review which can take one to two years to process).

He suggests the use of Landform as a key environmental factor is new and needs additional assessment.

See "Minister's Appeal Determination" (also shown below).

 

Critical time for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

Critical time for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

Decision is with the Minister for the Environment,

Albert Jacob

 

Looking south along centre of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

 

BIF outcropping and caves along the crest of northern area of the main range of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin (part of Bungalbin East iron ore deposit)

[note: BIF = Banded Ironstone Formation)

The Wilderness Society's Letter to the Editor - Kalgoorlie Miner 7 March 2015

The Wilderness Society's Letter to the Editor - Kalgoorlie Miner 7 March 2015

Letter to the Editor - Kalgoorlie Miner, 7 March 2015

 

Persepective on perceived benefits of proposed mines

 

A response to the Landline H&A story in the Kalgoorlie Miner last week

A response to the Landline H&A story in the Kalgoorlie Miner last week

A strong response (reaction) to the Landline

 

Helena and Aurora Range story

 

in the

 

Kalgoorlie Miner, Thursday, 5 March 2015

 

 

 

Direct Link to LANDLINE story on Helena and Aurora Range - Bungalbin

Direct Link to LANDLINE story on Helena and Aurora Range - Bungalbin

Direct Link

 

to Helena and Aurora Range story

 

on LANDLINE

 

Helena and Aurora Range story to be aired on Landline, Sunday, 1 March 2015

Helena and Aurora Range story to be aired on Landline, Sunday, 1 March 2015

Helena and Aurora Range story

 

to be shown on Landline,

 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

 

 

 

 

Landline is a 58 minute rural program that starts at 12 noon on Sundays

 

If you miss the 12 noon program on Sunday there is a repeat

on at midnight

and then another repeat at 10 am the next day

on 2 March 2015.

Otherwise can watch on ABC iview

 

The subject is on the EPA's decision that an

API Category B (Environmentally unacceptable) level of assessment be given for the mine proposal:

"J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project"

- referred to the EPA by Polaris Metals Pty Ltd (Mineral Resources Limited) in May 2014.

 

That "... the EPA has concluded that the proposal should not be implemented"

as 

"...the proposal cannot be managed to meet the EPA's objective for Landforms and Flora and Vegetation ..."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena and Aurora Range has its own branding

Helena and Aurora Range has its own branding

Helena and Aurora Range has its own branding

 

FLAG - was up for the first time on the 19 February Event at the Perth City Town Hall

  

CAR STICKER .............................................................................................. AND MAGNET

Included in The Wilderness Society 'give away bag' to all attending the

Helena & Aurora Range Bungalbin night on 19 Feb 2015

 

 

Logo showing the Western Pygmy Possum with a Tetratheca aphylla aphylla flower and couple of Leucopogon spectablis flowers - all strongly connected with the banded ironstone formation (BIF) on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin.

 

 

 

H&A not showing tonight, Monday 2 February 2015

H&A not showing tonight, Monday 2 February 2015

H&A is not showing tonight (2 February 2015)

 

on ABC 7:30 Report

 

 

will place a post the day it will definitely be showing

indecision

 



 

H&A on the 7:30 Report postponed

H&A on the 7:30 Report postponed

Helena and Aurora Range story

 

on ABC 7:30 Report

 

NOT on tonight (Thursday, 29 January 2015)

 

Next possible date is:  Monday next week 2 Feb 2015

 


Will be able to provide positive, unequivocal conformation

after 3 pm on the same day as being shown

 

can check this space after 3 pm on Monday 2 February 2015

 

Apologies for only just working out these finer details of how it all works!

 


 

 

 

Helena and Aurora Range on 7:30 Report

Helena and Aurora Range on 7:30 Report

We have been advised that

 

Helena and Aurora Range

 

may be on the 7:30 Report (ABC) tonight

 

- Thursday 29 January 2015

 

Helena and Aurora Range on the News.

It's all about the proposal refrred to the EPA to mine Helena and Aurora Range and the EPA's decision to give the proposed project

(J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore project) an API Category B (environmentally unacceptable) level of assessment.

 

 

Do you have any great photos or art of Helena and Aurora Range to show at the night out event?

Do you have any great photos or art of Helena and Aurora Range to show at the night out event?

Opportunity to show the beauty and magic

 

of

 

Helena and Aurora Range

 

with your photos or art of any medium

for the Helena and Aurora Range event on Thursday, 

19 February 2015

see flyer below 

 

 

 

An event to be held at Perth City Town Hall

An event to be held at Perth City Town Hall

A night for Helena and Aurora Range

 

at

 

Perth City Town Hall

 

on

 

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 6 pm

 

If you missed the ABC News watch it on iview

If you missed the ABC News watch it on iview

If you missed the ABC News last night

 

can view the Helena and Aurora Range item

 

on ABCiview

 

plays from 5:45 to 7:45 minutes

available to view until about 7 pm tonight

(Wednesday 14 January 2014)

(click on image below to take you there)

 

Helena and Aurora Range on the TV 7 o'clock ABC NEWS tonight

Helena and Aurora Range on the TV 7 o'clock ABC NEWS tonight

Helena and Aurora Range on television

 

on the 7 o'clock ABC News

 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

 

News Article on the ABC website (click on for link)

 

EPA report for J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Mine proposal

EPA report for J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Mine proposal

EPA released its report on the J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Mine proposal

 

on

 

Monday 12 January 2014

J5 featured in Southern Cross Community Calendar

J5 featured in Southern Cross Community Calendar

 

PHOTO

 

of J5 Outcropping (Helena and Aurora Range)  

 

in Southern Cross Community Calendar

 

Many people are fond of J5 and its unique, slightly understated, Banded Ironstone Formation (BIF) outcropping. One also gets an awesome view of the main range of Helena and Aurora from the top of J5.

J5 is ~600m north of the main range of Helena and Aurora Range and is at the southern end of the low series of BIF hills that head out to the north west for 22km. ( - see map)

J5 IS part of Helena and Aurora Range.   This is regardless of mining companies, on the other-hand, persisting in calling J5 part of Mt Jackson Range ... THIS IS STRETCHING IT - just a bit!

 

Photo of J5 on Helena and Aurora Range by Brian Moyle, featured in the 2015 Southern Cross Community Calendar.

 

J5 is the name given to an iron ore deposit on Helena and Aurora Range. It is also part of a mining proposal that has recently been referred to the EPA, J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project, which was determined by the EPA on 1 December 2014 to be given an API Category B (Environmentally unacceptable) level of assessment. The EPA report backing this decision is due to come out in January 2015, where there will then be a two week period when appeals can be received.

Comments in the media re EPA's determination 1 December 2014

Comments in the media re EPA's determination 1 December 2014

Media -Comments on EPA's DETERMINATION

re level of assessment for

J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project

 

The West Australian, Tuesday 2 December 2014

Kalgoorlie Miner, Thursday 4 December 2014

The West Australian, Letters to the Editor, Thursday 4 December 2014

  

 

 

Kalgoorlie Miner, Friday 5 December 2014

 

 

EPA DECISION ON LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT for J5 and Bungalbin East iron ore mine proposal

EPA DECISION ON LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT for J5 and Bungalbin East iron ore mine proposal

EPA has released its decison on level of assessment for

J5 and Bungalbin East iron ore mine proposal

  

Click here on Chairman's Determination on Referral - J5 and Bungalbin East

to see details of this Public Notice

 

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

  • The EPA has still to release its report on this determination (probably not until after the New Year?).
  • Appeals will be invited and the EPA will respond to any appeals received.
  • The Environmental Minister will make his decision whether to uphold the EPA's determination on the level of assessment.

THIS COULD ALL TAKE SOME TIME.

TIME THAT WE CAN USE TO SPREAD THE WORD

AND GAIN INCREASING SUPPORT FROM COMMUNITY AND MPS

FOR THE FULL PROTECTION OF HELENA AND AURORA RANGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch of new video "Buckland to Bungalbin"

Launch of new video "Buckland to Bungalbin"

A new video was launched on to Youtube

 

"Buckland to Bungalbin"

Greg Warburton retraces an 1861 Expedition

and promotes the Helena and Aurora Range

July 2014

 

Launched on to Youtube on 14 October 2014

***can also be viewed via the website page (under heading PROTECT): http://helenaaurorarange.com.au/buckland_to_bungalbin

OR

***directly on Youtube - Link:  

http://youtu.be/ERoymUrwu24

Polaris express desire to mine Helena and Aurora Range

Polaris express desire to mine Helena and Aurora Range

 

Desire by Polaris/Mineral Resources Limited

to mine Iron ore deposits

on Helena and Aurora Range

 

- deposits within conservation park in the middle of

the range seen as "the main prize" by Polaris/MRL

 

verses

Local in Boulder says:

 

"... even we [Goldfielders] are working hard

on tourism as a major industry, and it is so

important to preserve at least one of the

eight banded iron ranges in the area for the

future."

 

Letter and Article below

 

Letter to Kalgoorlie Miner 3 November 2014 - in reply to article on 31 October below

 

Kalgoorlie Miner, 31 October 2014

 

Polaris/MRL say mining J4 has economic benefits - 

 

more important than conserving 

 

Helena and Aurora Range?

ABC News 21 October 2014 - EPA annual report 2013-14

ABC News 21 October 2014 - EPA annual report 2013-14

 

re mining verses

protection of our conservation and heritage values in WA

The EPA has highlighted further concerns in its annual report 2013-14 - Mungada Ridge in the Mid West

(last year there was a focus on highlighting concerns for Helena and Aurora Range - still an ongoing concern) 

 

ABC News presents the story

extracts below

 

 

Environmental watchdog calls for A-class reserve

to protect ancient rock formations [BIF] in WA's Mid West

by Gian De Poloni

In 2009 the Government struck a deal with Karara Mining Limited for the miner to relinquish its tenure on the historic Mungada Ridge, about 200 kilometres south-east of Geraldton, if plans for the 995 hectare A-class reserve progressed.

The Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) chairman Paul Vogel said the Government must act on a promise to establish such a reserve five years ago.

"We need to just get on with it now and implement what was agreed in 2009." - Dr Paul Vogel, Chairman of EPA

 

Development proposals conditional on reserve

 

Dr Vogel said the EPA had assessed 10 iron ore mining and infrastructure proposals in the area [WA's Mid West] since 2006.

Creating the reserve had been a condition of EPA approval for at least four of those.

"There has been pretty substantial development in this area over the years, but not the implementation of some of the decisions to create an A-class nature reserve," he said.
"I recognise that these things do take time to get through but we're not going to get started until we take the first steps."

 

Minister and mining company disagree over land relinquishment

 

Parties involved:

Mungada Ridge 

Karara Mine Limited

Environmental Minister Albert Jacob

Mr Jacob was adamant the creation of the reserve was dependent on Karara relinquishing its tenement over the ridge.

Karara's chief executive Dale Harris ... said Karara was continuing to study the potential to develop a mine at Mungada and was also looking into the area's environmental values, but had not yet put forward an official proposal.  

The West Australian 20 October 2014 - EPA annual report 2013-14

The West Australian 20 October 2014 - EPA annual report 2013-14

 

 

Monday, 20 October 2014

 

Is it only a question of balance?

(balance in favour of or for ...?)

 

Integrity = the protection of the entire Helena and Aurora Range

- needed to maintain the range's high conservtaion and landform values

 

 

EPA Annual Report 2013-2014

EPA Annual Report 2013-2014

EPA Annual Report 2013-14

 

- has been tabled in Parliament

and is available to view

 

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released and tabled their annual report (2013-2014) in Parliament on 14 October 2014. 

(please note the document has been secured by the EPA at this stage)

 

"Message from the Chairman" [of the EPA], Paul Vogel

includes the statement

"This year, the report puts the spotlight again on the development pressures facing the highly biodiverse Banded Iron Formation ranges of the Yilgarn Craton, but this time with a particular emphasis on the ranges in the Midwest Region of the State." (see page 22)

This includes the BIF range Mungada Ridge, that like Helena and Aurora Range, has been identified as having very high conservation and landform values, has been recommended for Class A conservation status, yet this has still to occur. Both Mungada Ridge (or Mungada Range) and Helena & Aurora Range remain unprotected despite their highest conservation and landform values.

Visit to Helena and Aurora Range by Paul Smith

Visit to Helena and Aurora Range by Paul Smith

 

Visit by Paul Smith and his son to Helena and Aurora Range

in July 2014

 

[The "eucalypt with an apricot coloured bark" that Paul mentions as being on the slopes of Helena and Aurora Range are the Inland Wandoo or Wheatbelt Wandoo (Eucalyptus capillosa subsp. capillosa). A beautiful tall tree, really majestic to see on the range and unusual to see such a large tree on a Banded Ironstone Formation range! - HARA]

If any one would like to share their experiences of visits to Helena and Aurora Range please send your article and/or photos to HARA Inc (via Contact Us or email address harainfo@helenaaurorarange.com.au) and we will put it up on this Blog page.

Buckland to Bungalbin - The Weekend West Travel

Buckland to Bungalbin - The Weekend West Travel

Buckland to Bungalbin Walk - 

 

as reported by Georgina Steytler

 

in The Weekend West Travel

Page 36 travel September 13-14, 2014  - thewest.com.au/travel

wa: helena and aurora range Page 37 

 

 

Polaris still believe mining can coexist with conservation on Helena and Aurora Range - partnership between Curtin University and Polaris

Polaris still believe mining can coexist with conservation on Helena and Aurora Range - partnership between Curtin University and Polaris

Kalgoorlie Miner - Thursday, 4 September 2014

The West Australian Financial Review 16 August 2014

The West Australian Financial Review 16 August 2014

 

Mineral Resources says put mining first

- a reflection of government policy?

Contrary to what is suggested:

Protecting our Natural Heritage is important

important to our community

 

Goldfields Environmental Management Group 2014 Workshop

Goldfields Environmental Management Group 2014 Workshop

Goldfields Environmental Management Group

 

2014 Workshop in Kalgoorlie, 21-23 May 2014

 

Abstract of Paper presented by Brian Moyle,

Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc) on 21 May 2014

 

Helena and Aurora: Too precious to Mine

 

Abstract 

It has been established the Helena and Aurora Range in the Yilgarn north of Southern Cross has a concentration of conservation values that, for its size, is one of the more significant biodiversity assets in Western Australia. It is also a Jewel in the Crown of the Great Western Woodlands with its unique flora, fauna and landscape values. None of the Banded Ironstone Formation (BIF) ranges of the Yilgarn are protected in a National Park. 

Western Australia has a massive iron ore industry in the Pilbara and Karijini National Park, originally Hamersley Range National Park, was proclaimed in 1969. It has amazing landscape values but not endemic flora values like the Helena and Aurora Range. It is in the latter that the specific geochemistry and lithology allows habitats for unique vegetation and flora. 

The iron mineral-bearing formations in the Yilgarn are tiny in comparison to the Pilbara. They have high value for biodiversity, landscape, geoheritage, recreation and tourism. Mining an area such as the Helena & Aurora Range would only serve to reinforce the “Quarry State” mentality of Western Australia and the lack of regard for intergenerational equity. A case is made by comparing and contrasting Karijini National Park with the Helena and Aurora Range for a BIF National Park in the Yilgarn. 

 

There was also a paper presented by Keren Raiter based on her PhD research in the Great Western Woodlands

Looking at the ecological impacts of mining developments not usually considered in conventional impact evaluations whicah attracted considerable attention. Keren is looking at the cumulative impacts of exploration tracks, drill pads and mining projects on (a) predator activity across the landscape and (b) landscape water movement.

Trains purchased by Mineral Resources get more attention

Trains purchased by Mineral Resources get more attention

The West Australian, Friday 25 July 2014

(also see article published in Kalgoorlie Miner Thursday 24 July 2014 (posted 24 July 2014))

 

Kalgoorlie Miner 26 July 2014

In the Spirit of Western Australia - Western Australian Awards 2014

In the Spirit of Western Australia - Western Australian Awards 2014

The Weekend Australian    May 31 - June 1  2014

 

David Flanagan (Atlas Iron Chairman),

 

won the Western Australian of the Year 2014

 

and Business Award,

 

has something to say ....

 

 

 

Other awards were given to:

Louise Howden-Smith  - Arts and Culture Award

(Founder of Ochre Contemporary Dance Company bringing together Aboriginal and non-indigenous dancers)

Nicola Forrest - Community Award

(Co-founder of Minderoo Foundation - Philanthropic organisation in Australia, Patron of Sculpture by the Sea, Patron of Kimberley Rock Art Foundation, Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company)

Timothy Lefroy - Youth Award

(Reknown for his sporting achievments including National athletics and two Rottnest Channel Swims, and community work)

Lena Nyadbi - Aboriginal Award

(Artist at the Warmun Art Centre in the East Kimberley, her artwork installed on the roof of Musee du quai Branly where can be viewed in Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, passing on her cultural and ritual knowledge to young Gija people)

Justin Langer - Sport Award

(One of the Greats in Australian and WA Cricket. Head Coach of Warriors and Perh Scorchers, Patron and Ambassador for many community foundations)

Kadambot Siddique - Professions Award

(Winthrop Professor, an international leader in crop science, developed and released superior varieties of chickpeas, lentils and grass peas, with a mission to 'feed the world')

 

Although not mentioned, the Environment is in the background for all these award winners.

Lets hope that David Flanagan and other 'risk-takers' in Big Business, flying high on success, eventually come 'down to earth' and concede that they also have a responsibility to our Natural Heritage as well as humanity - for we are all the caretakers of our Natural Heritage.

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An appreciation of our Natural Heritage in WA

An appreciation of our Natural Heritage in WA

The Sunday Times Photo Competition

 

Some of the best photos selected from entries to a photo competition to depict

"their favourite WA national or marine park"

(presented on on double page spread)

Sunday 8 June 2014

And guess what?

Helena and Aurora Range  included !!

with a photo by Peter Robertson

depicting this very special part of our Natural Heritage

"Test for EPA ..."

"Test for EPA ..."

The West Australian

Friday, July 4, 2014

There were 1,004 public submissions

Submissions closed on Tuesday 8 July 2014. Now waiting to see what level of assessment the EPA decides for the Polaris Metals / Mineral Resources Limited proposal to develop two mines on Helena and Aurora Range, - Bungalbin East (mine pit 2.5 km long) and J5 (mine pit 1.5 km long). 

 

The EPA has the choice to:

Not Assess

API - Category A (assessment based on proponent information only)

API - Category B (environmentally unacceptable)

PER (Public Environmental Review)

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE Blog article submitted on

2 July 2014: 

"Proposal to mine Bungalbin East and J5

has been submitted to EPA -"

 

Kalgoorlie Miner 15 -24 July 2014

Kalgoorlie Miner 15 -24 July 2014

Newspaper articles in the Kalgoorlie Miner following

 

'Walking for Wilderness'

 

on the front page of Monday 14 July 2014 issue

(article on Greg Warburton's walk from Buckland to Bungalbin)

 

 

15 July 2014

(originally printed in The West Australian on 14 Juky 2014) 

 

 

Thursday 17 July 2014

 

 

Thursday 24 July 2014

 

 

 

 

Buckland to Bungalbin - Newspaper articles in Kalgoorlie Miner, The Wheatbelt Mercury, Toodyay Herald

Buckland to Bungalbin - Newspaper articles in Kalgoorlie Miner, The Wheatbelt Mercury, Toodyay Herald

 

Kalgoorlie Miner: coverage of Greg's walk by Jasmine Bamford

 

Monday 14 July 2014 - front page

 

Wednesday 16 July 2014


 

The Wheatbelt Mercury 16 July 2014

The Wheatbelt Mercury 16 July 2014


 

The Toodyay Herald August 2014

Letters The Toodyay Herald August 2014

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 13, 15 July 2014 - AT DESTINATION!

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 13, 15 July 2014 - AT DESTINATION!

Greg Warburton made it to the top of Bungalbin Hill on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 !

 

Greg made the steep climb to the top of Bungalbin Hill, 689 m high (above sea level) by 12 noon on 15 July 2014, the grande finale of his Buckland to Bungalbin walk.

 

Time to enjoy the view. Greg said the views were spectacular, he had never climbed this part of the range before

 

Below some photos of the last few kilometres of walk towards Bungalbin Hill

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier news articles in July 2014

Earlier news articles in July 2014

 

Merredinn Wheatbelt

Mercury

 

EPA asked to reject Yilgarn mine

July 8, 2014, 2 p.m.

 

EXTRACTS from article:

"The Wilderness Society says the EPA's decision on a new mine will determine its credibility as an environmental regulator."

 

"THE Wilderness Society has called on the Environmental Protection Authority to reject a proposal for two iron ore mines within the Mt Manning-Helena and Aurora Conservation Park, about 100 kilometres north of Southern Cross."

Kalgoorlie Miner 4 July 2014

The West Australian 14 July 2014 H&A in Today's Opinion page

The West Australian 14 July 2014 H&A in Today's Opinion page

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 11, 13 July 2014

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 11, 13 July 2014

Greg is now very close to his destination this 11th day (13 July 2014)

 

Greg's Buckland to Bungalbin walk has taken him from Buckland Homestead (near Northam) along the Great Eastern Highway to near Kellerberrin where he then walked along the Goldfields Road (this road runs just north of the Great Eastern Highway) to Hines Hill, Merredin and Burracoppin, then north to Westonia and across to Bullfinch via Sandford Rocks. Greg was at Bullfinch on Saturday morning (12 July 2014). In just a few days Greg is planning to walk to the top of Bungalbin Hill, the final destination of his walk, just as the Dempster, Clarkson, Harper and Correll expedition did on 24 July 1861.

Information on the expedition presented in Lesley Brooker's book, pubished in 2006 (Expedition Eastward from Northam):

Each member of the expedition had two horses. In 1861 there were good winter rains, such that there was water at many of the soaks that they visited. They caught Stick-nest Rats (no longer occur in WA) and saw Pig-footed Bandicoots (now extinct) as well as Euros. On arriving at the base of Bungalbin Hill on 24 July the Dempster diary describes the campsite and walk up Bungalbin Hill.

"24th Wednesday, 6 a.m. - Hard frost and bitterly cold; three of us proceeded to last water hole to breakfast, and bring water for the other two, who remained at the camp. Found the water frozen over. Here has been a heavy hail storm here lately, the trees being much cut up - bark bruised as if it had been shot at. there the grass is growing luxuriantly, where the ground receive the drainage of the forests, as there are no water courses to carry the rain off. We concluded from the appearance of this tract of country, that the rain must fall very irregularly. Stopped here to rest the horses and examine the hill. Leaving our horses, walked to the hill, ascended it with much difficulty, stones rolling from under our feet, but at length reached the top, when we had a very extensive view all round."

On this day, Charles Harper also collected plant specimens from Bungalbin Hill including the first collection and type specimen of Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla - one of the two Declared Rare Flora on Helena and Aurora Range. These specimens were given to James Drummond (Botanist). Drummond's collection was later sent to Ferdinand von Mueller in 1866 who described and pulished the species in 1882 (Tetratheca aphylla F Muell.).

 

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 7, on 9 July 2014

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 7, on 9 July 2014

It is now a week in to Greg's Walk "Buckland to Bungalbin"

 

 

Self portrait photo in "Polar Bear weather" in the Wheatbelt near Hines Hill on Monday 7 July 2014

 

On Tuesday 8 July 2014, Greg was in Merredin - celebrating his birthday.

 

 Greg and his 'cart' north-east of Merredin in warmer weather as "winds have dropped" - on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 3 5 July 2014

Buckland to Bungalbin - day 3 5 July 2014

 It is now the end of day 3 of the Buckland to Bungalbin Walk

 

On Thursday, 3 July 2014, Greg and Vicki Warburton found the Buckland Homestead site, from which Greg started his walk at about at ~ 4 pm, and walked 8 km east before it was getting dark and time to camp.

On Friday, 4 July Greg walked 40 km east along the Great Eastern Highway, handing out flyers to those who were curious about what his walk was about.

On Saturday, 5 July Greg walked a bit over 30 km before camping for the night.

(Greg's objective is to walk at least 30 km a day)

BUCKLAND to BUNGALBIN - walking the track taken on expedition by Dempster brothers, Clarkson, Harper and Correll in 1861

BUCKLAND to BUNGALBIN - walking the track taken on expedition by Dempster brothers, Clarkson, Harper and Correll in 1861

 

BUCKLAND TO BUNGALBIN - WALK

 

Greg Warburton is following the track taken on the expedition taken by the Dempster brother's Clarkson, Harper and Correll in 1861

          

Greg Warburton with 'wheels', maps and Lesley Brooker's book in hand,

standing with Beth Frayne of the Toodyay Historical Society

 

 

Greg Warburton is heading out to walk from BUCKLAND TO BUNGALBIN today, Thursday, 3rd July 2014, the very same day the Dempster expedition headed out from BUCKLAND HOMESTEAD in 1861. Greg has always wanted to do such a walk and now he is doing it - to help raise awareness of Bungalbin, Helena and Aurora Range, a very special part of our Heritage.

The expedition included Charles Dempster (unofficial Leader), Andrew Dempster, Barnard Clarkson, Charles Harper Jnr and Correll (a Noonga man). They headed out, 153 years ago, on 3rd July 1861 from BUCKLAND HOMESTEAD, near Northam, to explore unknown country further east - long before tracks and roads were put in place or the Wheatbelt was cleared for agriculture - and ended up at BUNGALBIN HILL on Helena and Aurora Range.

Left to right: Charles Dempster, Andrew Dempster, Barnard Clarkson and Charles Harper Jnr (no photo available for Correll?).

 

 

Greg writes from his research***:

Making their way eastwards along a route now close to the Great Eastern Highway they passed through pristine country the explorers described as “heavily vegetated”. They travelled from one rocky outcrop to another seeking the springs and water holes often to be found there. They described encounters with wildlife that has since become extinct like the Pig-footed Bandicoot. Their route took them past a chain of salt lakes to reach a range of hills about 100 kms north east of the present day town of Southern Cross. They called the range Mount Kennedy [now known as Bungalbin Hill and Helena and Aurora Range*]. Here, Charles Harper an amateur Naturalist noted not only the beauty of the range but the great variety of plants to be found there. He took specimens that he would deliver to James Drummond, WA’s great pioneering botanist [including the rare endemic plant species Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla**]. Charles Harper also collected geological specimens in the hills describing an ore that is “unknown to us”. Those specimens would later be identified as iron ore.

  • [text] - added for blog
  • note: *John Forrest, also an explorer to this country, named the range Helena and Aurora Range, eight years later, in 1869 after Henry Monger’s daughter, Helena Aurora Monger.
  • note:** Harper collected Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla from Bungalbin Hill in 1861, a plant that only occurs on Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) and is listed as declared rare flora– also see earlier Blog post on 28-10-2013 “First collection of Tetratheca aphylla”].

 

***Source: Brooker, Lesley (2006) The Expedition eastward from Northam by the Dempster brothers, Clarkson, Harper and Correll, July-August, 1861. Hesparian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.


"Camel - Wheel"

BUCKLAND to BUNGALBIN

1861 - 2014

   "Camel - Wheel" refers to 'trading the Camel for the Wheel'

   "too precious to mine"

 

Greg Warburton (member of HARA and Toodyay Naturalists' Club) is taking this walk to raise public awareness of the predicament of Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin), a crucial conservation issue for our state. While HARA, The Wilderness Society and Wildflower Society of Western Australia are calling for the protection of the entire Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) by making the range a National Park, Polaris Metals Pty Ltd/Mineral Resources Limited are intending to mine the range for iron ore.


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Polaris Metals Pty Ltd - Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) want to mine Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) 

It could be described as a 'Tragic Coincidence with History' that during the very week in July that the Dempster expedition headed out on their journey to Bungalbin-Helena and Aurora Range 153 years ago, Polaris Metals Pty Ltd / Mineral Resources Limited submitted a referral to the EPA to mine Helena and Aurora Range for iron ore (on 1 July 2014). The EPA has opened the referral for public comment Online (from 2 July to 8 July 2014), on the preferred level of assessment (see Blog posted on 2nd July 2014 below). Their mine proposal includes the development of an extensive iron ore mine at Bungalbin East and a second iron ore mine at J5, both on Helena and Aurora Range.

 


To keep informed on progress to protect Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin you can:

Subscribe to this Blog page (top right of this page)

Sign up to our mailing list (top left of this website),

Like Helena Aurora Range on Facebook

Check out The Wilderness Society website www.wilderness.org.au/bungalbin

 

You can take action by:

Making a submission Online as to the level of assessment for the Bungalbin East and J5 iron ore mine proposal

Sharing this info

Writing to your member of parliament, environmental minister Albert Jacobs and/or Minister for Mines Marmion,

Downloading and signing the petition, inviting others to sign the petition and then return petition sheet to HARA (via 'snail mail').

Proposal to mine Bungalbin East and J5 has been submitted to EPA - have your say now!

Proposal to mine Bungalbin East and J5 has been submitted to EPA - have your say now!

 

 

J5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project,

 

was referred to the EPA, yesterday, on 1 July 2014

 

This is CRUNCH TIME for Helena and Aurora Range

 

We need your support, your voice

 

to comment Online on the level of assessment

https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/j5-and-bungalbin-east-iron-ore-project/consult_view

we have from 2 July to 8 July 2014 to make a comment

any member of public can comment Online

For more info go to info-sheet

prepared by TWS and supported by HARA and WSWA

Lets Do It

Wedge-tailed Eagle photographed at Helena and Aurora Range, Easter 2014

 

Will Western Australia step forward and look after its Natural Heritage* ‘assets’?

 

Lets call for the Western Australian Government to fully protect

 

Helena and Aurora Range - Bungalbin

 

Following 34 years of scientific studies and knowledgeable people saying Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) has the highest conservation and landform values,

 

It is saying CONSERVATION IS NOT IMPORTANT IN WA,

 

to suggest that it is ok in 2014 to mine part of Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) for iron ore.

All of this will go - in proposed Bungalbin East iron ore mine

Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) is a very special place to many people, to people that have visited and experienced this range for themselves, to people that have taken their children to the range, to people who have held their wedding on Helena and Aurora Range.

 

The Kalamai Kapurn people support efforts to preserve the area “for all generations to see and enjoy the area, it is a very important area to the Aboriginal people, it has healing powers and it remains the same today, and it is very significant to us.”  

- message from Elizabeth Sambo speaking on behalf of the Sambo family of the Kalamai Kapurn Nation in October 2013 (Launch of the Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) National Park Proposal).

 

BUNGALBIN EAST

Bungalbin East looking north on some of the hills proposed to be mined

J5 of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin, just 600 m from the main range, we all drive past it to our camp sites, a significnat part of Helena and Aurora Range

* Western Australia does not have all of its high value Natural Heritage areas protected within the 'conservation estate' as National Parks or Class A Nature Reserves. To date, since the 1960s the Western Australian Government has not gazetted any proposed Class A conservation reserves where there have been current or known potential mining interests.

TODAY On 4 June 2014 the public was notified of the EPA’s recommendation to allow J4 to be mined for iron ore - ALSO, "J4's STORY"

TODAY On 4 June 2014 the public was notified of the EPA’s recommendation to allow J4 to be mined for iron ore - ALSO, "J4's STORY"

 

 

 

TODAY

on 4 June 2014 the public was notified of the EPA's recommendation to allow J4 to be mined for iron ore

J4 is part of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

"The EPA considers that the proposal, as described, can be managed to meet the EPA’s environmental objectives for the key environmental factors identified subject to the EPA’s recommended conditions being made legally binding."

 

1. EPA NOTICE AND INFORMATION

http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/EIA/EPAReports/Pages/1511-Jackson4ironoremineandhaulroad.aspx?pageID=3290&url=EIA/EPAReports

This link provides documents avaialble for download re:

"Jackson 4 iron ore mine and haul road on M77/1242, L77/250, L77/252 and L77/254" 

including:

  • Proponent information (main report, appendicies and clarifications)
  • Response to public comments on referral
  • EPA's report presenting it's advice and recommendations (at very bottom of the page)

 

******* We have until 18 JUNE TO APPEAL the EPA'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS *******

 

2. FORMS TO MAKE A SUBMISSION

http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/OAC/ADMIN_CONTENT/GUIDELINES%20AND%20APPEAL%20FORM/BROCHURE_ENVIRONMENTAL_IMPACT_ASSESSMENT_OAC_ONLINE_VERSION_3JUL13.PDF

http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/OAC/ADMIN_CONTENT/GUIDELINES%20AND%20APPEAL%20FORM/OAC_APPEALS_FORM_JUL13-FINAL.PDF

 



 

 

J4’s Story

 

This is a short (fatalistic) story that is significant to Helena and Aurora Range

 

J4 is an iron ore deposit on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin. Its full deposit name is Jackson 4.

 

This iron ore deposit on Helena and Aurora Range was named by Portman Iron Ore Limited in ~2000, and was the first time that this hill had been formerly referred to as Jackson, maybe to imply it was part of Mt Jackson Range? However, J4 is clearly part of Helena and Aurora Range; located at the north end of a long series of low hills (22 km long) heading out from the main range of Helena and Aurora, and has the same vegetation as the main range (e.g. Eucalyptus ebbanoensis over the dominant grass Neurachne annularis)

 

The low Banded Ironsrone Formation (BIF) hills that make up the J4 deposit support BIF dependent plants species such as Dryandra arborea (also referred to as Banksia arborea) and Grevillea georgeana.

 

Events that have occurred so far – leading towards the mining of J4

  • Exploration for iron ore was conducted on J4 in 2006, followed by more exploration to define the iron ore deposit seven years later in 2013.
  • Polaris Metals Pty Ltd put together a proposal to mine J4: “J4 Iron Ore Mine and Haul Road”. This was submitted in December 2013.
  • From 7th – 13th January 2014, the EPA invited the public to comment on the level of assessment the J4 mine proposal should receive.
  • Recommendations favoured by those supporting the protection of Helena and Aurora Range were either; an API – category B (environmentally unacceptable) or PER (Public Environmental Review) level of assessment.
  • The Environmental Protection Authority, however, gave it an API – category A level of assessment, which means that the assessment is based solely on information provided by the proponent.
  • Following their assessment the EPA on the 4 June 2014 notified the public of it's recommendation to allow mining of J4.
  • The Public now have an opportunity, a period of two weeks, to comment on the EPA’s decision.

 

Why has this happened?

Firstly, J4 was not included in the Helena and Aurora Range Conservation Park vested in 2005 as it sits within the Mt Jackson Pastoral Lease (current until 2015). This is the only area of Helena and Aurora Range within a pastoral lease, and has effectively left J4 out in the cold.

 

Secondly, although J4 is a Banded Ironstone Formation (BIF) range, it is small, ~460 to 490 m above sea level and only ~40 to 70 m above the immediate surrounding plains.

 

Thirdly, although there are Priority plant species on J4 there are no Declared Rare Flora (in particular, no Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla or Leucopogon spectablis).

Looking north west along J4, a modest series of small hills with Mt Jackson in the background, drill pad in the foreground

 

Making a stand

Helena and Aurora Range Advocates (HARA), makes the stand that Helena and Aurora Range be fully protected in its entirety, including J4, as a National Park. This stand has also been made together with The Wilderness Society and The Wildflower Society of Western Australia.

 

However, for the above three reasons and as seen by recent events and decisions made, this concept is not (cannot?) supported by the regulators.

Although the proponent has caused some confusion by claiming that J4 is part of Mt Jackson Range, rather than Helena and Aurora Range, it is clearly accepted by the regulators as part of the Helena and Aurora Range.

 

The mining of J4 will effectively be the second step towards mining Helena and Aurora Range within the Conservation Park. The first, less obvious step was the establishment of the Carina mine, south of Helena and Aurora Range.

BIF outcropping and Dryandra arborea on J4

"Helena Aurora: Too Precious to Mine" by Brian Moyle, Wildflower Society of WA (Inc)

"Helena Aurora: Too Precious to Mine" by Brian Moyle, Wildflower Society of WA (Inc)

 

The Goldfields Environmental Management Group

 

held its 2014

 

Workshop on Enviornmental Management

 

in Kalgoorlie on 21 - 23 May

 

the major sponsor was Mineral Resources Limited

 

 

Brian Moyle, Wildflower Society of Western Australia

 

presented a paper at the Workshop:

 

"Helena and Aurora: Too precious to mine"

 

 

Regardless

 

 

 

The Mining Industry and Government still insist that

mining and conservation, coexisting on a BIF Range,

is a balance between mining and conservation

 

see article below in the Kalgoorlie Miner

 

 

However

 

 

The integrity of Helena and Aurora Range needs to be

conserved in its entirety, as a National Park, 

to bring a balance to the Yilgarn

- to protect the jewel in the crown! 

 

 

 

Tuesday 27 May 2014


 

 

Screening of Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin 'jewel in the crown' in Perth last night

Screening of Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin 'jewel in the crown' in Perth last night

Last night was the night

of the

screening of

Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin 'jewel in the crown'

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6 March 2014 screening of Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin 'jewel in the crown'

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on the big outdoor screen Perth Culture Centre

was a fun night with people watching on the steps, some stopping on their way through

 

 

and an applause at the end in appreciation and celebration

(thank you so much for those that specially came along to watch)

Helena and Aurora Range and 'Bumper sticker' suspended in the night

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Public Screening of - Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin "jewel in the crown"

Public Screening of - Helena and Aurora Range Bungalbin "jewel in the crown"

Outdoors at the Perth Culture Centre Screen

next to State Reference Library

James Street

Thursday night

6 March 2014 7:25 pm

 

Comment: 11 January 2014

Comment: 11 January 2014

 

HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE A BETTER BALANCE 

 

BETWEEN DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION 

 

ON BIF RANGES IN THE YILGARN?

 

 

Will the mining industry and government act to achieve this balance? 

 

Community awareness and action are an intrinsic part of this process

 

In regard to Kalgoorlie Miner article on 11 January 2014:  Mining on a BIF range produces a very high level of disturbance as it permanently removes a part of the range.  Mining part of a BIF range  is not compatible with conserving a BIF range in its entirety.

Kalgoorlie Miner 11 January 2014

Kalgoorlie Miner 11 January 2014

Opportunity to comment on level of assessment by EPA J4 mine and Haul Road proposal

Opportunity to comment on level of assessment by EPA J4 mine and Haul Road proposal

 

EPA invites public to comment on level of assessment for 

 

J4 Iron Ore Mine and Haul Road proposal

 

submitted by

 

Polaris Metals Pty Ltd

 
 
 

The J4 Iron Ore Mine and Haul Road proposal for Helena and Aurora Range is now open for public comment:

Polaris have finally submitted their proposal for a mine at J4 and the EPA is asking for the public to comment on the preferred level of assessment by the EPA (see link above).
Hey, J4 deposit is part of Helena and Aurora Range! see Maps and Location and scroll down to 6th map.
 

The deadline for comments is just four days away - Monday 13 January 2014

an opportunity to have your view heard

have your say now, its easy, click on the link above!

 

For more information see Facebook or feel free to email HARA (go to Contact Us)

 

NOTE: The Proponent in their submission suggests there is some uncertainty as to the demarcation of Helena and Aurora Range and Mt Jackson Range among the low BIF ranges where J4 is located and have presented J4 as being part of Mt Jackson Range.  This is not the accepted view.  In October 2012, both the EPA and the Minister for the Environment, Hon Bill Marmion recognised J4 as being "... at the western extremity of the Helena-Aurora Range".

Both J4 and J5 deposits occur on the same landform; a low line of BIF hills heading out to the north west (see Photo 2 below), starting adjacent to the main range of Helena and Aurora (see Photo 3). J5 located near the south end and J4 near the north end of the low BIF hills (see Photo 1).  This low BIF range also supports the same flora as on the main range of Helena and Aurora.

Photo 1, showing the location of the main range, J5 and J4, in respect to each other, on Helena and Aurora Range


 

Photo 2, showing the low BIF hills of Helena and Aurora Range heading out to the north west from the main range

(left side of photo is the south end, nearest the main range and includes J5; right side of photo is the north end towards J4) 

 


 

PPhoto 3, showing a closer view of the proximity of the begining of the low BIF hills (and J5) to the main range of Helena and Aurora Range

 

 

 

Kalgoorlie Miner 9 January 2014

Kalgoorlie Miner 9 January 2014

 

The pressure is on

 

Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

J5 exploration proposal

and 

J4 mine and haul road proposal

 

see newspaper article in Kalgoorlie Miner today

 

 

EPA's decision on level of assessment

EPA's decision on level of assessment

EPA has assigned level of assessment for

 

 

Jackson 5 Low Impact Drill Program on M77/1095

 

at

 

Public Environmental Review (PER)

 

6 January 2014

 

For EPA Mondays Advertisements click on Link

 

The EPA has also provided a document outlining how it came to this decision:

 

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT

Environmental Protection Act 1986

JACKSON 5 (J5) EXPLORATION PROGRAM ON M77/1095

 


 

 

LAST DAY public can comment on the EPA OnLine Survey

LAST DAY public can comment on the EPA OnLine Survey

Public have been invited by the EPA to make comment on their Online survey for proposal:

 

Jackson 5 Low Impact Drilling Program on M77/1095, Shire of Yilgarn

 

which is on the Helena and Aurora Range

 

visit this link and have your say

 

LAST DAY TO COMMENT IS TODAY

Tuesday 10 December 2013

 


 

 

The DRUM Analysis and opinion on the issues of the day 19 November 2013

The DRUM Analysis and opinion on the issues of the day 19 November 2013

 


The DRUM on ABC website

 

 

The balance between mining and conservation

by Paul Vogel

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

view article via link below

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-18/vogel-mining-conservation-balance/5099404

 

"The balance between developing WA's mineral wealth and protecting its unique plants and animals has swung too far in favour of the miners. It's time to put things right, Paul Vogel writes."

 

EXTRACTS FROM THE ARTICLE RELATING TO BIF RANGES

"Taking just one example, the Banded Iron Formation Ranges, in inland WA, are areas of extraordinary natural heritage and scientific value."

"By an unfortunate coincidence, the ranges with the highest conservation values are those initially being targeted for iron ore development and therefore under the greatest threat."

"Despite well-recognised conservation values, an appropriate balance between development and conservation of the Ranges has not occurred. No Banded Iron Formation Ranges are protected from mining development through secure (Class A or National Park) conservation tenure."

"At least four of the development proposals recommended by the EPA for approval in the last seven years were recommended on the basis that an area of equivalent or greater conservation value would be conserved within a National Park or Class A Nature Reserve."

"No such reserves have been established. And despite commitments by governments to create Class A Nature Reserves or National Parks in the Die Hardy ranges, north-west of Kalgoorlie, and on Mungada Ridge, south-east of Geraldton, this outcome has not eventuated."

 

 

CONNECT TO LINK ABOVE TO READ MORE
 

 

 

 


Australian Geographic online

Australian Geographic online

 

Article on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin in the Australian Geographic online, 20 November 2013

 

Iron ore mining threatens rare wildflowers in WA

by Alex Wallace

 

see article via link below

 http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/plans-to-mine-unique-wilderness-in-wa.htm

 

 


 

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

 

 

Letters to the Editor - Kalgoorlie Miner, 2nd and 5th November 2013

 

Tuesday 5 November 2013

 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Recent newspaper articles October and November 2013

Recent newspaper articles October and November 2013

 

(Articles in descending order for date of publication)

 

 

 

The Weekend West Australian:  Travel Magazine 2nd - 3rd November 2013

 

 

 

 

Kalgoorlie Miner Saturday 2 November 2013 

 

 

 

Alliance CEO Rob Jefferies has something to say on Monday 28 October 2013

 

The West Australian Friday 25 October 2013

 

The West Australian Thursday 24 October 2013

 

Resolution within Labor Party Platform Western Australia

Resolution within Labor Party Platform Western Australia

 

Labor Party Conference 2nd-3rd November 2013

 

Within the Labor Party Platform (Western Australia) Chris Tallentire MLA proposed the following resolution, which was included and passed at the Labor Party Conference last weekend on 2nd November 2013.

8. WA Labor supports the addition of areas of high conservation value into the

conservation estate.  We note the proposal for the Helena and Aurora Range

(Bungalbin) to form a ‘Class A’ National Park.

 

Chris Tallentire MLA (Member for Gosnells), Shadow Minister for Environment; Climate Change; Lands, Parliament of Western Australia

First collection of Tetratheca aphylla

First collection of Tetratheca aphylla

 

Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla

first collected in 1861 by Charles Harper

Mueller described this species in 1882 (Tetratheca aphylla F Muell.) from a plant specimen in James Drummond's collection.  Yet James Drummond never visited Helena and Aurora Range. This has been a mystery to botanists and taxonomists.

A publication in the journal Nuytsia (in March 2013) has shed light on this mystery following the research of Lesley Brooker including early explorer's diaries (books published in 2006, Expedition eastwards from Northam by the Dempster brothers, Harper and Correll, July - -August 1861 and in 2012 Explorers routes revisited. Clarkson expedition 1864).

 

The publication in Nuytsia is a Short Communication titled:

"'There are greater things in life than cricket': Tetratheca aphylla (Elaeocarpaceae), James Drummond and the exploration of the Helena and Aurora Range"

Authors: Neil Gibson and Ryonen Butcher

 

[The quote "There are greater things in life than cricket" was from Charles Harper]

 

 

 

The story that has been unfolded is that Charles Harper collected the first collection (and type) of Tetratheca aphylla on the southern flanks or summit of Bungalbin Hill during his first expedition, on 24th July 1861.  Charles Harper gave this plant specimen (and others) to James Drummond. The Tetratheca aphylla specimen most likely was placed in Drummond's private collection, which would then have been sent to Mueller when Drummond's son sent the private collection to him in 1866.  Mueller said in a letter to Bentham in February 1866 stating "Within the last week I have received Drummonds plants from Swan River; the collection is in a very miserable state ..." (this letter was published in 2002 in the book Regardfully yours: selected correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller)

 

Tetratheca aphylla was not collected again until 1979, where it was collected from the Helena and Aurora Range by Ken Newbey.  Two subspecies of Tetratheca aphylla were later recognised and described following a plant collection made three years later (in 1982) from the Newdegate area (some 300 km south of Helena and Aurora Range) by A Strid.

Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla occurs on Helena and Aurora Range

Tetratheca aphylla subsp. megacarpa occurs near Newdegate

 

There is lots more information in this Nuytsia Short Communication (can be downloaded from the internet).  The full details of this article is given below (followed by the details of the books mentioned in the text above).

 

Gibson N and Butcher R (2013) 'There are greater things in life than cricket' Tetratheca aphylla (Elaeocarpaceae), James Drummond and the exploration of Helena and Aurora Range. Short Communication. Nuytsia volume 23, pages 95-99.

 


Brooker L (2006) Expedition eastwards from Northam by the Dempster brothers, Charkson, Harper and Correll, July - August 1861. Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.

Brooker L (2012) Explorers routes revisited. Clarkson expedition 1864. Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.

Holmes RW, Lucas AM, Maroske S, Sinkora DM and Voight JH (eds) (2002) Regardfully yours: selected correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller. Volume II 1860-1875. Peter Lang, Bern.

 

 

Launch of proposal for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin to be a National Park

Launch of proposal for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin to be a National Park

 

The Wilderness Society and Helena and Aurora Range Advocates with support from the Wildflower Society of Western Australia launched a proposal for Helena and Aurora Range to be made a Class A National Park

 

on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at the Kuditj Kitchen

 

Flyer shown below

 

For copy of proposal go to National Park Proposal

 

NEWS ITEM re EPA Annual Report 2012-2013 Kalgoorlie Miner 24 October 2013

NEWS ITEM re EPA Annual Report 2012-2013 Kalgoorlie Miner 24 October 2013

 

 

TODAY, Thursday, 24 October 2013, in the KALGOORLIE MINER

 

 

The Yilgarn and Helena and Aurora Range are in the news

 

RE: Comments made in the EPA Annual Report 2012-2013

 

 

See Blog "EPA Annual Report 2012-2013 tabled in Parliament, 16 October 2013"

to see some of the comments and to download a copy of the EPA Annual Report 2012-2013

 

 

 

 

 

EPA Annual Report 2012-2013 tabled in Parliament, 16 October 2013

EPA Annual Report 2012-2013 tabled in Parliament, 16 October 2013

EPA Annual Report 2012-2013

The EPA Annual Report 2012-2013 was tabled in Parliament (last week) on Wednesday 16 October 2013.  

You can download the report by clicking here: EPA Annual Report 2012-2013.

 

On pages 24 of the EPA Annual Report 2012-2013, Banded Iron Formation Ranges Yilgarn Craton is listed as a Pressure Point.

"The EPA remains deeply concerned about the cumulative impacts of development on the Banded Iron Formation Ranges of the Goldfields and Midwest Region (BIFs), and the need to achieve a balance between conservation and development."

"While many mining proposals in the region have been approved or expanded, the EPA believes there needs to be an acceleration of the implementation of existing conservation commitments and further protection from mining and exploration of parts of the ranges of highest biodiversity value." 

On page 25 of the EPA Annual Report 2012-2013, the last paragraph refers to Helena and Aurora Range.

"The EPA is concerned that, after almost 40 years of recommending conservation of the highest value ranges, there remains a significant imbalance between development and conservation of these unique landscapes and the species they support. Given the significant biodiversity values of the Helena and Aurora Range, which has been confirmed in contemporary published research, the EPA is adopting a presumption against any further development for those parts of the range that are within the conservation park identified in the government's framework for the Mt Manning region.  The EPA is reviewing information in relation to the values of the Mungada/Karara/Koolanooka region, which is also under development pressure."

 

There is also some great info on Banded Iron Formation (BIF) ranges and their conservation values within these two pages (pages 24 and 25).

 

June campout to Helena and Aurora Range

June campout to Helena and Aurora Range

The June campout was a great success.  Twenty people attended the campout over the June long weekend.  The days were over cast in the mornings (made for warmer days), with a bit of sunshine in the afternoon, and the cold winds of June had not yet arrived.  We had the ranges to ourselves, explored some caves, walked parts of the range and had great talks around the campfire.  People came from all walks of life and all parts of the world (France, Germany, Chicago ....) including Western Australia of course!.  Most of us travelled from Perth, while others travelled from Hyden and Southern Cross.  Athough it looked like there had been plenty of rain recently (plenty of water on the track and the bush looking healthy and green), it was a bit early for the flowering season, and the birds were mostly quiet.  The Dryandra arborea just coming in to flower and only a few plants of the rare Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla in flower.  Some people stayed an extra night to explore more of the ranges.  For four of us, a walk in to the hills from the camp site in the morning before heading home was rewarded by a beautiful view of the low hills heading north west (including J4 and J5 deposits) with Mt Jackson Ranges in silhouette on the horizon.  Some photos below.

View of the low north-west hills of Helena and Aurora Range (including J5 and J4 iron ore deposits) and the blue silhouette of Mt Jackson Range against the sky on the horizon

  

Campsite at Helena and Aurora Range June 2013

 

 

Campouts to Helena and Aurora Range planned for 2013

Campouts to Helena and Aurora Range planned for 2013

 

Campouts planned to Helena and Aurora Range in 2013

 
The Helena and Aurora Range Advocates (HARA) and The Wilderness Society (TWS) willbe running 3 camping trips out to the H&A Range this year and would love for you to join us on one (or all) of the trips out there.  The Helena & Aurora Range is located in our beautiful Great Western Woodlands and is one area that still remains relatively untouched.  Quite a few people have expressed interest in attending a camping trip to the threatened Helena and Aurora (Bungalbin) Range in the Great WEstern Woodlands.  The area is beautiful and great views on top.  Lots of interesting plants and geology.  To find out more information about the Helena & Aurora Range please see the other pages in this website http://helenaaurorarange.com.au/
 
DATES FOR TRIPS IN 2013:
Easter Long Weekend - 29th March - 1st April           Contact: Laura Corbett Laura_Corbett@hotmail.com.au
June Long Weekend - 1st June - 3rd June                   Contact: Laura Corbett Laura_Corbett@hotmail.com.au
September Long Weekend - 28th - 30th September    Contact: Peter Robertson peter.robertson@wilderness.org.au
 
Two maps below provide information on tracks at Helena and Aurora Range
 
 
The area is remote and you will need to be fully self sufficient. A 4WD is recommended. Also recommended is the 4WD book "4WD Days in the Goldfields" by Western 4WDriver. The tour you are after is the Roly Dimer tour. It gives you specific information such as GPS way points and directions. It also contains information about the area and early european exploration. This book can be picked up in most newsagencies and camping stores.
 
OVERVIEW
 
  1. Its a 6-7 hour drive from Perth to the camping spot in the H&A Range.
  2. We drive to Southern Cross on the Great Eastern Highway (~350km) and then turn north for Koolyanobbing (~50km) and then along a good dirt road to the H&A Range (~50km).
  3. For those that can, we will meet at the Southern Cross BP Roadhouse at 1pm to drive in convoy to H&A Range.
  4. The camping spot (see attached map) is on the north west side of the Range. Signs will be put up.
  5. People need to bring camping gear including tent, food and plenty of water.
  6. It is likely we will have some experts in local flora with us so informative walks are a 'go'.
  7. Several of the area's Traditional Owners have also been invited and may come.
  8. The best maps (which you can get from Perth Map Shop etc) are "2837 Bungalbin 1:100,000" and "SH50-12 Jackson 1:250,000".

DETAILED TRAVEL NOTES

 

The quickest way to Helena and Aurora Range is via Southern Cross to Koolyanobbing (active mine site) ~50 km, 45 min.  At Koolyanobbing you travel ~1km past the Koolyanobbing 'workers village' towards K Pit, turning sharp right before the pit. After another ~1km you will come to a Stop! sign at the haul road (to K Pit); Cross the haul road and then almost immediately there will be a track on your left saying to Mt Dimer.  

Take this track.  It is a dirt track that will take you to the south-western ('bottom') end of Helena and Aurora Range.  The track crosses another Haul Road (with Stop! sign)(the Koolyanobbing to Windarling Haul Road); once crossed it follows parallel to the haul road for a while then veers away towards H&A.

Eventually you will come to a T junction (takes approx an hour in total), head Left to travel around the west and north side of H&A to camping spot (approx 6 kms from T junction). There are some side tracks so stay focussed!

 

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Laura Corbett via email at Laura_Corbett@hotmail.com.au 

or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HelenaAuroraRange

 

 

2012 Easter TWS campout to Helena and Aurora Range

2012 Easter TWS campout to Helena and Aurora Range

A small number of peole joined The Wilderness Society (TWS) campout including two from Kalgoorlie and three from Perth.  Great use was made of the banner made by TWS.  Many of the other campers to Helena and AUrora Range saw the banner and some stopped to ask about it.  During the two days (Staurday and Sunday) TWS campers walked part of Helena and Aurora Range.  On the first day the site of the Eastern Iron Ore Deposit, a very special part of Helena and Aurora Range, was visited.  Then  there was the walk to the top of the range for some stunning views.  On the second day people walked from the south side of the range to a cave up on some of the rocky slopes.

  

                                             

Jackson 4 (J4) Drilling Programme, Not to be Assessed, recent decision of EPA in March 2012

Jackson 4 (J4) Drilling Programme, Not to be Assessed, recent decision of EPA in March 2012

 

The drilling programme was first proposed and submitted in 2008, where it was then referred for assessment at a PER (Public Environmental Review) level.  The submission was withdrawn by the proponent and an expanded version re submitted in 2012 as a POW (Programme of Works).  The level of assessment as a PER is unusual for an exploration programme.  However, it indicates the high conservation value the regulators viewed this area to have, back in 2008.  It is considered part of Helena and Aurora Range, located at the north west end of a low line of BIF hills.  These low lying hills head out north-west of the main range of Helena and Aurora and support flora distinctive to Helena and Aurora Range rather than Mt Jackson Range.  Thus in this sense the J4 deposit would appear to have been misnamed.

Invitation to The Wilderness Society's Easter Campout at Helena and Aurora Range

Invitation to The Wilderness Society's Easter Campout at Helena and Aurora Range

"Wilderness Society (and friends) Easter camping trip to amazing 'Banded Ironstone Formation Range' (or 'BIF') in the Great Western Woodlands."

"The Helena-Aurora Range on the western edge of the Great Western Woodlands (near Koolyanobbing) is an area of outstanding beauty and natural and cultural heritage value. It is also under threat from iron ore mining (Polaris Metals)."