The Minister for Environment has asked the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to reverse a decision not to formally assess a long-term mining venture near Lake Clifton, following a successful appeal process.
The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) was one of the appellants that presented a submission to seek reconsideration of assessment for this site of international environmental significance.
Jan Star, Chair of the PHCC said it was important to consider the impacts the commercial venture could have on the highly sensitive area, which is located adjacent to the Ramsar listed wetland of Lake Pollard.
“The proposal to excavate limestone and sand has the potential to alter the water quality of the Lake and is likely to significantly affect its unique environmental values. The site supports large numbers of local and migratory waterbirds, the latter of which are listed under international agreements.
“Nature’s way of providing a rich food source for these birds is through the natural land structure, a limestone ridge that separates the lake system from the ocean. This creates a water chemistry that promotes a habitat hostile to many predators, providing a safe haven and rich food source for protected bird species,” said Jan Star.
On behalf of its community, the PHCC raised concerns over the original decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) not to formally assess the proposed commercial site.
In response to the matters raised and additional information received through the appeal process, the EPA acknowledged that uncertainties regarding previous predictions had heightened and potential impacts could be greater than originally thought.
As a result the EPA reconsidered their decision and is now supporting the proposal be remitted for assessment.
The process aligns with the Strategic Assessment of Perth-Peel that will address the impact on Matters of National Environmental Significance of future developments within the Regions including urban, industrial, rural-residential and infrastructure development and basic raw materials extraction.
“On behalf of our community we welcome the reconsideration and decision to formally assess the potential effects mining will have on this important site,” said Jan Star.
Media Contact: Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Jane.Omalley@peel-harvey.org.au , (08) 6369 8800
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