Mining to be axed in the Mitchelle Plateau

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Rio Tinto and Alcoa to axe mining plans for Mitchell Plateau


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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 17:49

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 17:49
Sorry guys the link is corrupted cut and pasted as follows:


RIO Tinto and Alcoa are axing a bauxite mining joint venture deal for WA’s spectacular Mitchell Plateau, paving the way for the area to be included in a new national park.

The companies announced on Tuesday they had agreed to terminate a more than 40-year-old state agreement act to mine bauxite and build an alumina refinery in the north Kimberley Region.

The WA government wants to establish Australia’s largest national park in the area, which is internationally renowned for its rich flora and fauna, the Mitchell Falls and 40,000-year-old indigenous rock art.

More than 175,000 hectares of the Mitchell Plateau will become part of the Kimberley National Park, which will span two million hectares.

Rio Tinto said developing an alumina refinery on the Mitchell Plateau was always going to be economically challenging.

The national park plan has bipartisan support, with the state opposition outlining a similar proposal during its 2013 election campaign.

“Some places are too important to mine, and thankfully Rio Tinto agrees,” Pew Charitable Trusts director Barry Traill said.

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 18:17

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 18:17
Thanks Dunc - at least some part of WA wont be dug up and shipped to China and what a superb place this is.


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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 18:35

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 18:35
“Some places are too important to mine, and thankfully Rio Tinto agrees,” Pew Charitable Trusts director Barry Traill said.

Rubbish!!

If it had of been financially viable the mafia boys of Rio Tinto would have gouged every bit of dirt out of it...
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 20:27

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 20:27
Thanks to the Mod squad for fixing the llink.

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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 20:48

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 20:48
The bigfish has it!
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Follow Up By: Joe Fury - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 00:37

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 00:37
G'day everyone

You may well wonder as to what the trade off might be, with Rio Tinto gladly handing back mining rights in the Kimberley.

The trade off is that they will be allowed to mine even more of the Pilbara.

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Reply By: birdnerd - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 19:00

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 19:00
Hi Dunc,
Fantastic news! Thanks for sharing.
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Follow Up By: Denking - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:04

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:04
Couldnt' help smiling to myself reading the comments about Rio Tinto relinguishing their right to mine bauxite on Mitchell Plateau. People are quick to belittle the mining company re destroying areas of country that hosts necessary minerals to manufacture a large amount of products the caravanners and campers of today use to enjoy their pursuit of adventures into the remote areas.
I would like to draw attention to the fact that if mining companies had not pioneered the Mitchell Plateau no one except those who could afford expensive air flights would have been able to enjoy this beautiful part of West Australia. The access by road is only possible because of exploration as is the massive airstrip that is capable of landing large Dept of Def aircraft. Also when The partners in Mitchell Plateau Bauxite decided to withdraw their activities in 1986 they undertook to maintain the roads after each wet season so access was possible. The money spent in the area was in the vicinity of $23,000,000 dollars back in the 70's and 80's and that didn't include development of the stations , Doongan and Mitchell river. Mitchell river was abandoned and all buildings and fittings donated to Kalumbaru mission for the aboriginals who had lived at Mitchell Plateau. A reconciliation was done with these people and both sides of the actual Plateau was declared aboriginal reserve. Mining was considered viable as a deep water port and a townsite was surveyed at Port Warrender. The world demand for bauxite was at a low when exploration was completed and as Gove was in operation and Wagerup WA was completed and on hold it was deemed un necessary for another bauxite mine to commence at that time. So tourists, each time you traverse that rocky track spare a thought for the mining company,(AMAX) in the first instance that made it possible for you to access the spot, and obtain detail of all species of Flora and Fauna at your request.
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