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Notice of Meeting for Native Title Claim by Kalamaia Kapurn People

 

Over the previous week notices have been placed in:

The Weeken West - 23-24 September 2017 

The Australian - 26 September 2017 

The Koori Mail - 20 September 2017 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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 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)

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


To keep informed on further posts of Greg's progress over the next two weeks you can: Subscribe to this Blog page (top right of this page)


 

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').

"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

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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.

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

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

 

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).

 

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)."