South32 Worsley Alumina plan to expand their existing bauxite mining in the Mt Saddleback-Marradong-Boddington area. See recent EPA notice. The clearing of forest for the expansion of strip-mining would be expected to have at least local impacts on the Bibbulmun Track a few kilometres north of Mt Wells Campsite and just northwest of Boddington Gold’s large residue disposal pit. A 1.1 km section of the Track lies within the proposed expansion area (see map image), suggesting increased visual and noise impacts are inevitable, and a future track re-alignment would become necessary. The seven-day public comment period allowed by the EPA closes 9 July. Depending on public responses, the proposal may be assessed via a Public Environmental Review to ensure appropriate broader community consultation and transparency.
(Posted 8 July 2019.)
Update (22 July 2019): Following the initial public feedback, the EPA has announced that the mining expansion proposal will be assessed via an 8-week Public Environmental Review (PER) which was the preferred option expressed by 113 of the 122 initial responses.