EPA DELAYS ITS OPINION ON SALT PROJECT UNTIL 23 JULY
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is now expected
to release its formal opinion on the proposed salt mine by
Straits Resources on Wednesday, 23 July.
As mentioned in our previous edition of this eNewsletter,
the formal opinion will be published in a Bulletin on the
EPA’s web site.
The EPA Bulletin is extremely important because it will be
our first indication of the advice that it will provide the
State Government on the salt project.
Once the EPA Bulletin is released there will be a two-week
period when appeals can be lodged – and we need your
help with this.
If the EPA indicates support for the project going ahead,
the Halt the Salt Alliance will mount a vigorous appeal on
the community’s behalf.
If the EPA indicates it doesn’t support the project
then we can expect Straits Resources to mount an appeal.
In either scenario we will need as many people as possible
to voice their concerns about the salt mine during the two-week
appeals process, so the Environment Minister does not allow
it to proceed.
With overwhelming scientific evidence of the damage the salt
mine would do to the Exmouth Gulf’s pristine ecosystem
it is critical we all take action.
Exmouth Gulf is one of the richest marine environments in
Australia – it is a precious natural asset that must
be protected for future generations.
Keep an eye out for a special edition of this eNewsletter,
which we will distribute following the release of the EPA
It will provide a summary of the contents of Bulletin and
information on how you can voice your concerns during the
As this will be a new representation, all previous submitters
will be able to make new submissions.
We thank you for your ongoing support and very much hope
you will help us to halt the salt and help preserve the Exmouth
Gulf’s unique environment.
Growing numbers of people from Australia and overseas, determined to help protect this unique environment, are making their views known to the Western Australian Government.
Personalised letters, faxes or phone calls to politicians are also very important and the Alliance website has a full list of contact details.
Another good way of putting your views across is to write a Letter to the Editor and again the Alliance has details of how to make contact with the State’s major newspapers or you can spread the word via your own local community newspaper
You can find out more about the extensive support for the campaign by visiting the About Us and Links sections on the website.