Article by Josh Zimmerman courtesy of the West Australian
WA is on track to bank nearly $1.5 billion more in iron ore royalties than the McGowan Government predicted just weeks ago – a windfall that would nearly double the State’s forecast surplus to an incredible $3.7 billion.
The steel-making commodity has so far defied predictions and continued to soar in price, yesterday reaching $US169 a tonne, compared with December predictions of $US103.70.
Treasurer Ben Wyatt cautioned that the iron ore price was likely to moderate in coming months and indicated any royalties bonanza would be reinvested in infrastructure rather than used to pay down State debt, which is currently expected to peak at $42b in 2023.
Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd
Revised Proposal for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine – Environmental Review Document
11 January 2021 – 25 January 2021
Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd (RHIO) proposes to amend the existing Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine Proposal to increase the ground disturbance footprint by 5,995 hectares, incorporate a life of mine water management strategy (including water abstraction, dewatering and Managed Aquifer Recharge), revise the waste material management strategy including changes to backfilling of pits and waste rock dump locations, develop permanent surface water structures and have an increase to greenhouse gas emissions via the Revised Proposal.
An Environmental Review Document (ERD) has been prepared by RHIO in accordance with Environmental Protection Authority procedures and is released for public review.
The ERD describes the Revised Proposal, examines the likely environmental effects and the proposed environmental management procedures associated with the Revised Proposal.
Hard copies of the document may be purchased for $10 (including postage and packaging) or a CD version is available free of charge from:
5 Whitham Road Perth Airport 6105
Copies of the document will be available for examination at:
- State Library of Western Australia (25 Francis St, Perth)
- Shire of East Pilbara Public Library (Kalgan Drive, Newman)
Public submissions are to be received by the EPA by 25 January 2021
Submissions are to be made at: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au.
Alternatively submissions can be
- posted to: Chair, Environmental Protection Authority, Locked Bag 10, Joondalup DC, WA 6919.
- delivered to: the Environmental Protection Authority, Prime House, 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup 6027.
If you have any questions on how to make a submission, please ring the EPA Services of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on 6364 7000.
Article courtesy of Joondalup Times
A MINING contractor has given one of its machines a pink makeover to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care WA.
Ranger Drilling painted Drill Rig 5, which operates at Roy Hill, bright pink in its efforts to raise $50,000 for the charity by the end of January.
The Wangara-based operator was inspired by the iron ore mine’s practice of painting mining equipment pink in recognition and support of cancer sufferers.
They held a family fun day at their head office on December 22 to unveil the pink rig, which has been overhauled this summer.
The company also planned to approach clients, suppliers and staff to help fundraise through raffles and barbecues at their worksites.
General manager Stuart Baird Breast Cancer Care WA was chosen because keeping their support local was important to them.
“Breast cancer affects a lot of us personally through family, friends and colleagues,” he said.
“Breast Cancer Care WA provide important support services to local people affected by this illness.
“The idea of a pink drill rig is to create a focal point for our fundraising a pink drill rig is not a ‘normal’ thing to see.
“We hope that this raises awareness, and discussion which turn into donations.” Breast Cancer Care WA lost about $1 million in fundraising in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 but continued to deliver services to all clients, despite an eightweek shutdown.