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Koolyanobbing expansion approved with conditions.



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Media Release Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp

5 September 2003

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Koolyanobbing Expansion Approved with Conditions

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today approved the expansion by Portman Iron Ore Limited of its mine at Koolyanobbing, Western Australia, subject to strict conditions.

"The proposal to incorporate seven outlying iron ore deposits at Windarling and Mt Jackson into an existing mine required Australian Government approval due to potentially significant impacts on nationally threatened species. I have imposed strict conditions to protect the endangered plants, Paynter's Tetratheca and Jackson Tetratheca, and the vulnerable Malleefowl," Dr Kemp said.

"The strict conditions are designed to ensure that the company proves to us at each stage of the mining process that their mitigation and conservation measures are working."

The conditions include:

● Portman Iron Ore must develop plans to manage the impacts of mining on the plants,

such as dust, access, weeds, and ground and surface water, before they remove the first 30 per cent of the plant Paynter's Tetratheca. ● Portman Iron Ore must also develop a Recovery Plan and a Research and Management

Plan for the species. They must lodge a $900,000 bank guarantee to ensure that the plans are carried out. ● After mining begins, Portman must commission an independent audit. They must also

provide an annual certificate stating compliance with the approval conditions.

● Before Portman Iron Ore embarks on any further mining, they must demonstrate in an

independent report that adequate recovery measures have been introduced and that the first phase of mining has had no significant impact on the remaining plant population. Only then will they be allowed to access a maximum of 50 per cent of the area covered by Paynter's Tetratheca.

"I have also required protection of the land to the immediate north of the Windarling deposit to ensure

continuing connection to the surrounding environment and to further safeguard the remaining population of Paynter's Tetratheca," Dr Kemp said.

"My decision will provide strong, ongoing protection of the Paynter's Tetratheca, Jackson Tetratheca and the Malleefowl, while at the same time, boosting the regional economy and infrastructure and creating new employment opportunities."

A copy of the approval and conditions can be viewed on the Department of the Environment and Heritage web site at www.deh.gov.au/epbc/publicnotices/index.html.