13 October 2007
Yes, the Halt the Salt campaign is alive and well and still
fighting to stop a massive salt mine from being developed in
the unique and environmentally-sensitive Exmouth Gulf area.
Since the close of the public submission period in March, the
company proposing the development would no doubt have been busy
responding to the extensive and detailed list of scientific
objections that followed the strong public awareness campaign.
While this formal assessment process has led to a hiatus in
the public debate, the campaign has not been idle and has continued
to work behind the scenes gathering support from within political,
scientific and educational circles and the wider community.
From talking to stakeholders we know there is now genuine concern
that the risks to the environment from this proposal must be
seriously and thoroughly considered.
This heightened awareness has been a direct result of the concerns
you have expressed by signing petitions, making submissions
and emailing your comments.
Please keep your comments coming to the website and we will
ensure they are passed on to the relevant politicians and their
Straits still responding to scientific
Straits Resources, the proponent of the Exmouth Gulf salt project,
is having to undertake a significant amount of further work
as part of the Government’s formal assessment process.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is requesting
that Straits respond to all submissions, including detailed
critiques from the Halt the Salt Alliance, government agencies
and many other scientific groups, communities and individuals.
Straits has also to release further supplementary reports,
as listed in their ERMP documentation, that will be open for
further public comment.
The Alliance remains in regular contact with the EPA in order
to keep everyone informed of the timeframes that will be involved.
Claims of "reduced footprint"
You may have heard or seen in the media that Straits was now
reducing the scale of the project in the face of significant
In response we have categorically stated that a scaled-back
project does not change the Alliance’s position that the
EPA should stop the proposal completely, because of the same
risks it poses to marine life, the environment, eco-tourism
and sustainable fishing industries in the region.
Since then we have sought information about the ‘reduced
footprint’ from Straits to pass on to stakeholders, but
with no success.
Applying for and getting approval for a reduced footprint would
not preclude Straits from applying for a larger area in the
future, although this would attract another environmental review.
One of the reasons the Halt the Salt campaign has been so successful
to date is the number and quality of the submissions that have
been presented to government in opposition to to the proposed
salt mine. To date more than 3,000 submissions have been presented
– and with your continued support we envisage we will
have presented more than 4,000 submissions to the EPA and Premier
Alan Carpenter by the end of the year.
It is important that scientific arguments are supported by
the concerns of members of other community groups and the general
public who live or visit the region, have an affinity with it
or simply care about the environment we will be leaving future
We have made this easy for you to comment by providing a pro-forma
submission to which
we encourage you to add your own comments.
Please help us to keep the fight going!
And please pass on to your network - all extra e-submissions
What you can do to support the campaign
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 via the pro-forma
Personalised letters, faxes or phone calls to politicians are
also very important and the Alliance website has a full list of
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.
your friends and associates asking them to participate.