What we are doing about it

To achieve our objectives, R4RM has taken the following actions:

  • On 29 September 2009 R4RM notified the Licensing Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) of BRL’s Stage 1 operation and Stage 2 Proposal.
  • DEC subsequently referred the Stage 2 proposal and future mining stages to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for assessment.
  • On 25 November 2009 the Shire rejected BRL’s Stage 2 application.
  • On 29 December 2009 BRL announced its revised "Stage 2 2010 Activity" proposal to mine Lot M2110 under the Mining Act.
  • R4RM is consulting with all relevant Government departments to ensure that the level of environmental assessment is a Public Environmental Review in respect of BRL’s Stage 2 and all subsequent Stages in Chittering Shire, and that the proper planning principles are respected to take into account impacts on social and residential amenity.
  • R4RM is also lobbying for the protection of the Darling Scarp from strip-mining and for all bauxite resources to be reviewed on a regional basis so that the cumulative impacts of BRL's operations on the environment, existing business and residents are assessed and understood.
  • As a result of R4RM’s successful lobbying efforts, BRL’s activities in the area are now under scrutiny by relevant Government departments.

R4RM is also committed to proactively;

  • Provide regular communication opportunities for our supporters
  • Undertake regular meetings with Government and other relevant stakeholders
  • Monitor BRL’s activities and ensure it is held accountable for its environmental performance

 

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