Sand Mining in SW WA

Subject: Sand Mining in SW WA
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2005 10:25:20 +0800
Hi all,

Not an area I can really speak for, but there's an invitation for
public comment on a proposed sand mining venture in SW WA, near a
place called Keysbrook.  The WWF informs me that it's in the catchment
area for 3 RAMSAR sites, and there are several threatened species that
use the area.  The mining company referral reads fairly well, but I
confess being suspicious about claims of the remnant vegetation being
worthless to wildlife.  Someone with a more in depth knowledge might
be able to add more intelligent comments than I can.

Information on the whole thing is listed (or linked) below.

Broome, WA

The referral and planning information that is open for comment can be
found here:

And to submit comments, send them to:

This is the WWF notification on the invitation for comments:

Invitation for public comment on referral

Ref no. 2005/2163 Olympia Resources
Limited/Mining/Keysbrook/WA/Mineral Sands Mine Invitation for Public
Comment on Referral

Comments due by 24 Jun 2005

The proposed action is to establish a mineral sand mine near the
Keysbrook area of Western Australia. The project area is located
approximately 70 kilometres south of Perth and four kilometres west of
the small township of Keysbrook in exploration licence 70/2407, which
is situated along the eastern edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.  The
project area for mining is 3,500 hectares located within the
exploration licence area.

The proposed action is to extract mineral sands from a series of
locations across the Keysbrook project area. This will require
development of shallow pits to access the ore body and construction of
small screening, concentration and separation plants. Ore will be
accessed using free digging methods (removed without the aid of
blasting) before being screened and the heavy mineral sand component
concentrated to remove uneconomic fractions. The heavy mineral sands
are then separated using magnetic and electrostatic separation into
its individual elements for sale.

The site is in the catchment for 3 Ramsar sites, and the area has
remnant vegetation known to provide habitat and feeding for threatened

Potential controlling provisions:
ss16 & 17B (Ramsar wetland)
ss 18 & 18A (threatened species or threatened ecological communities)
ss 20 & 20A (migratory species)
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