Miner in bid to clear land

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Saskia Adysti

Grange Re­sources plans to clear al­most 300ha of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion as part of its South­down mag­netite project.

The iron ore miner has pro­posed to clear an area 90km away, which in­cludes po­ten­tial Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too habi­tat.

As part of the statu­tory process, Grange Re­sources has con­ducted an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and in­vites the pub­lic to ac­cess the re­port and sub­mit notes be­fore Novem­ber 30. The re­port states no ex­ist­ing im­pact on land use as a breed­ing ground for the en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too but some na­tive veg­e­ta­tion used as the birds’ for­ag­ing habi­tat would be cleared.

The re­port also found the rare car­niv­o­rous mar­su­pial, the chu­ditch, as well as the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered west­ern ring­tail possum liv­ing around the mine site.

But it found no ex­ist­ing im­pacts on the chu­ditch and the possum that could lead from Grange’s pro­posed de­vel­op­ment. At its peak, the South­down Project con­struc­tion will em­ploy al­most 2000 peo­ple.

The project en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port are avail­able for pub­lic view at Al­bany Pub­lic Li­brary, J.S Bat­tye State Li­brary, Well­stead Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre and at Grange Web­site.

The pub­lic is wel­come to send notes and com­ments to Grange Re­sources via mail or to sd­nap­provals@gran­gere­sources.com.au.

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