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CAMPAIGN VICTORY – SALT PROJECT WITHDRAWN
The Western Australian Government’s environmental watchdog has
confirmed that plans to develop a solar salt project on the eastern side
of Exmouth Gulf have been withdrawn by the proponent.
In a statement to the Halt the Salt Alliance, the Environmental Protection
Authority has confirmed “…that the assessment of this proposal
has now been terminated.”
This is a fantastic result for the environment and for the thousands
of people who helped us campaign for the past four years against this
Commonsense has finally prevailed on an ill-conceived proposal that was
not supported by scientific experts who had repeatedly warned of the irreversible
damage that it could cause to the ecosystem and marine life.
This proposal was always in the wrong location. The eastern Gulf is a
pristine area that should be protected for future generations.
Whatever reason the proponent gives for withdrawing its application,
the overwhelming view of the community has prevailed.
We now look to the State Government to remove the Ministerial provision
currently in place reserving this area for salt production and provide
permanent protection for the Yannarie Delta from mining and resource development.
The same proponent may now prepare a new application for a similar project
but focussing on an existing developed area further north, possibly near
The Alliance will maintain a watching brief on the proponent’s
intentions as well as holding discussions with our member groups to determine
the community’s future wishes for this area.
Please refer to our latest newsletter (link) for additional information.
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