‘Oppose mine lease’ appeal

THE RuralAction Group (RAG) is calling for locals to join it and 31 residents fromPreston Road Settlement, Collieburn and Cardifftownships in opposing Premier Coal’s mining lease application M12/46.
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Thenext Warden’s Court hearing on the application will be in Collie on October 4,on the same day as the next Bauxite Resources Ltd hearing.

The Premierlease is less than two kilometres west of Cardiff,about one kilometre south-east of Preston Road Settlement and has a southern boundarynext to Hoddell Road.

It isnot on land currently covered by a state agreement. The application is forsubsurface rights only, which do not required the same amount of public noticeas surface licences.

“Premier’splanned development could have an appalling impact on residents in these threecommunities and surrounding land owners,” RAG secretaryKathy Millersaid this week.

Objectionslodged with the court refer to adverse effects on lifestyle, financial loss andenvironmental issues such as noise, dust, contamination of domestic rain waterand loss of ground water, she said.

RAG hasobjected on all these grounds.

“Westrongly believe mining must not be geared for the profit of big business atthe expense of individual residents or communities”, Ms Miller said, addingthat the group was not against mining per se.

PremierCoal had suggested development of the lease could be more than a decade away, butit also recently said that horizontal extraction of the coal seams could bedone via the adjacent Pit 6.

“Shouldthis occur, pit 6 would need to be developed prior to mining M12/46,” Ms Millersaid. “The void for Pit 6 will extend northwards and eastwards all the way to McAlinden Road andconsume a number of private properties and homes in the process.

“Someof these families were relocated to these properties by Premier in the late1990s to make way for their current mine.”

RAGbelieved it was “immoral and shameful” of Premier to now seek a mining leasethat, when developed, will again forcibly relocate families who have investedhugely in developing their properties after assurances that no mining wouldoccur in the area for the next 30 to 40 years”, Ms Miller said.

“IfM12/46 approval is given and development takes place, it could have anappalling impact on residents in these three communities and surrounding landowners.”

z Locals who could beaffected and would like to be represented by RAG’s M12/46 objection can write to RAG at PO Box 51, Collie WA 6225 [email protected]苏州美甲培训学校

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