INITIATIVES AND ACTIONS PRIOR TO 2017

Government of Western Australia initiatives and actions that have been taken towards the conservation and protection of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin, including providing scientific information (e.g. Department of Environment and Conservation; Environmental Protection Authority) that have highlighted the high conservation values of this Banded Ironstone Formation (BIF) range:

1) Biological surveys conducted on Helena and Aurora Range by the WA Museum, Department of Conservation and Land Management (now Department of Parks and Wildlife). These surveys were essential to define the conservation values of the Helena and Aurora Range for flora and fauna. Landform and landscape were also suggested to be a conservation factor. (for more detail view Biological Surveys and Conservation History).

2) Helena and Aurora Range was vested within a Conservation Park in 2005 as part of the Mt Manning reserve management system, which has on some levels provided the Range some protection, although Conservation Parks allow mining (see Conservation History).

3) The value of Banded Ironstone Formation (BIF) ranges on the Yilgarn Craton was reviewed and documents published in; May 2007 (EPA Bulletin 1256) Advice on areas of the highest conservation value in the proposed extensions to Mount Manning Nature Reserve, and in August 2008 (Government of Western Australia) Strategic review of the Conservation and Resources Values Banded Ironstone Formation of the Yilgarn Craton.

4) The cumulative impacts of development of the BIF ranges in the Goldfields and Midwest were highlighted by the EPA Annual Report 2012-2013: Pressure point: Banded Iron Formation Ranged, Yilgarn Craton. The following statement was made at the conclusion of this section of the annual report: "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 Aurora Range, ... 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."

 

Initiatives and actions taken by the community of Western Australia with the objectives:

1. to have Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) gazetted as a Class A Reserve and National Park (see Petition),

2. to gain agreement from the mining community, financial institutions and government that Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) is a No Go area for mining,

3. to raise community awareness of the magnificent natural heritage values of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin.

NGOs: Helena and Aurora Range Advocates (HARA), Wildflower Society of Western Australia (WSWA), The Wilderness Society (TWS), BirdLife Western Australia (BirdLife WA), Toodyay Naturalists' Club, Toodyay Historical Society, and many others.

Traditional Owners: Kalamaia Kapurn People

 


 

Helena & Aurora Range Facebook page 

 

Website: helenaaurorarange.com.au

                                                                                    


 

Highlights of actions and initiatives taken by the community of Western Australia prior to 2017

1) Helena and Aurora Range Advocates (HARA), formed in 2010.

2) Facebook page Helena & Aurora Range, launched in 2010 (HARA).

3) Recognition of the importance of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin within the Great Western Woodlands

4) Website helenaaurorarange.com.au, launched in December 2012 (HARA).

5) Video “Helena and Aurora Range - jewel in the crown”, launched in September 2013 (HARA)

6) National Park proposal for Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin, launched in October 2013 (TWS, WSWA, HARA)

7) Screening of Helena and Aurora Range jewel in the crown video at Perth outdoor Cultural Centre screen

8) Presentaion of paper Helena and Aurora: Too precious to Mine at the Goldfields Environmental Management Workshop in May 2014, by Brian Moyle (WSWA)

9) Advertisement in Kalgoorlie Miner (TWS, BirdLife WA)

10) Walk from Buckland to Bungalbin by Greg Warburton July 2014 (with support from Historical Society of Toodyay, Toodyay Naturalists’ Club, HARA)

11) Video of Buckland to Bungalbin launched (HARA)

12) Members of the Public made submissions on what the level of assessment they (individuals and groups) considered the J5 and Bungalbin East mine proposal should be assessed at. A total of 1,004 submissions from the public were received.

13) Helena and Aurora Range Art Fest at Perth Town Hall in February (TWS event)

14) Members of the Public made submissions on the J5 and Bungalbin East PER (Public Environmental Review), 5 September to 31 October 2016.

15) Video - Romolo speaks out for Helena and Aurora Range (TWS)

16) Members of the Public contacted their local MPs about their concerns for the protection of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin during 2016

17) Videos - Brian Champion, Elder of the Kalamaia Kapurn People speaks out for the protection of Bungalbin; from Kalgoorlie in October 2016 and from Bungalbin in November 2016.

IN THE TV MEDIA

18) ABC 7 O’Clock News (TWS spokesperson);

19) Landline January 2015 (WSWA spokesperson)

ONGOING

20) Campouts held each year at Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin - organised by The Wilderness Society with guides from HARA and WSWA – 2012 to 2016.

21) Tabling of Petition in the Legislative Assembly asking for the full protection of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin as a Class A National Park. Tabled five times to date during 2015-2016.

22) Many NGOs, community groups and individuals speak out about the conservation and heritage value of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin with articles, photos and videos in their magazines, newsletters, Facebook pages, letters to the Editor of the Kalgoorlie Miner and The West Australian.

 

 

 

 

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