Lake Jasper min­ing a threat

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Peta Good­win, Mar­garet River Re­gional En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre

While many of us have been dis­tracted by the on­go­ing de­bate over the like­li­hood of frack­ing be­com­ing a re­al­ity in the re­gion, an ac­tual min­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for a lease to mine min­eral sands on the wet­lands as­so­ci­ated with and sur­round­ing Lake Jasper near Pem­ber­ton has been qui­etly filed and is now await­ing fi­nal ap­proval, pend­ing fil­ing of re­quired in­for­ma­tion un­der the Min­ing Act, by Strate­gic En­ergy Re­sources. The ap­pli­ca­tion is for a lease. Per­mis­sion to mine would be sub­ject to en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage as­sess­ments. Lake Jasper is WA’s big­gest per­ma­nent fresh­wa­ter lake and a site of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance.

It lies within the D’En­tre­casteaux Na­tional Park but was ex­cised from the park in 1988 by the then WA State Gov­ern­ment to al­low for min­ing to go ahead.

MRREC urges any­body with con­cerns about this to con­tact lo­cal MPs and the Depart­ment of Mines, In­dus­try Reg­u­la­tion and Safety and de­mand that this lease not be granted. See save­lake­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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