We are deeply concerned to learn that Hanson Australia is calling for public comment on the sand mining of the former Banksia Road Rifle Range area, which for several years has been under the control of the City of Kwinana Council as a conservation reserve (a Conservation Advice was approved August 2016).
The Banksia Road conservation reserve is 26 hectares (64 acres) in size, covered in mostly native vegetation, which contains almost 100 species of native fauna - including six conservation-significant species and the home of many local Carnaby's and Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos.
“If approved, this mine would pave the way for broad scale clearing of natural vegetation of unique Banksia Woodlands in the Wellard area, resulting in an environment devoid of native flora and fauna,” Mayor Adams said.
We are asking people to donate money for our FIGHTING THE SAND MINE FUND run by the Casuarina Wellard Progress Association
Please help stop corporate greed from destroying peoples lives and the vulnerable environment on the proposed site.
The money will be used for:
Printing flyers, signs & posters to keep the community informed
Paying for any consulting, testing or professional/legal advise
Accessing government documents and applications
Other community awareness events
Any remaining funds will be donated to a not for profit organization that will continue the fight to save precious bush lands.
Why we want to stop the sand mine:
Considerable silica dust implications (the new asbestos) causing major health implications to surrounding rural and housing estate residents.
Lead contamination of top soil that if disturbed will cause contamination of the air and ground water with major health implications.
Noise pollution from an operation that is not suitable or welcome for the area.
This conservation reserve is home to many vulnerable species of flora & fauna including black cockatoos and other marsupials. Clearing this land will mean a loss in a pivotal area necessary for the protection of many of these species as well as traffic hazards caused by the displacement of these animals.
60 million liters of water per year for over a decade will be removed from the water table. Many local residence rely on bores for water as they are not connected to scheme water. Depleting the local water table will lead to the death of native vegetation and added expense for residence to replace bores.
An increase in trucks using roads not designed for large scale heavy haulage will put community’s safety at risk.
Increased road traffic ‘Black Spots’ due to poor sighting and unfavourable road contours.
The value of properties in the area will decline greatly as a result of this mine which far outweighs the value of the mine.
Please click HERE to find out more ways you can help!
- Jason Preo
- Linda Du Boulay
- Ryan Lobik
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