WA Margaret River to be protected from coal mining

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WA Margaret River to be protected from coal mining

Postby HVPA_research » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:40 pm

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LTGA Members] News from Western Australia

Dear LTGA members,

I'm forwarding this 'good news' update from our Save Our Southwest friends in the Margaret River area of WA. Cath Miller writes:

We have received confirmation from the Mining Warden's Court that the applicant has asked to withdraw the Coal exploration licence applications E70/4079 and E70/4080. (See http://www.saveoursouthwest.comfor details of lease)

The Warden has told the Applicant that it must make an appearance on 1 March to give the objectors an opportunity to be heard on the question of costs before he will allow the applications to be withdrawn, so the hearing on 1 March will go ahead unless the applicant and all the objectors reach an agreement about costs beforehand.

"This is fantastic news for the region, coinciding with Premier Barnett's speech in parliament committing to a planning framework for the region to protect us from high impact mining.

It was the strength and commitment of the community along with the legal support from the Environmental Defender's Office and the Barristers from Francis Burt Chambers that dissuaded Western Coal from pursuing these 2 licences. All along we were told we were unlikely to win, but we have. " Cath Miller

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Premier Barnett's Opening of Parliament Statement 21 February 2012

The Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring there is a balance between responsible economic activity and sustainable environmental outcomes. We will be rightly judged on our record.

The decision just this month to reject a proposal to build a coal mine near Margaret River demonstrates this. The unique environmental, viticultural and tourism values of the region cannot be compromised, and the Government will implement the most stringent planning framework possible to protect it from all forms of high impact mining.

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