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20 March 2018
Hon Robin Scott
Hon W.J. Johnston
20 March 2018
HELENA AND AURORA RANGES — MINING
Hon ROBIN SCOTT
to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
(1) Has the minister received from the Minister for Environment, or from any other source, confirmation advice of the date of the establishment of a national park in the area of the Helena and Aurora Ranges; and, if so, what is that date?
(2) Has the minister received from the Minister for Environment, or from any source, the result of any governmental monitoring of vehicles that have visited the Helena and Aurora Ranges since the decision to reject applications for mining leases by Mineral Resources Ltd; and, if so, how many tourist vehicles have visited the Helena and Aurora Ranges since that rejection?
(3) What is the minister's reaction to the intended closure of the Koolyanobbing operations of Cleveland–Cliffs at the end of June, six months earlier than had previously been expected?
(4) Will the minister confirm that the refusal to allow new mines in the Helena and Aurora Ranges amounts to the sacrifice of Western Australian mining, rail and port jobs for the sake of troglofauna?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN
I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has provided the following answers.
(3) This question is asking for an opinion and cannot be answered due to it not conforming with standing order 105.
(4) No. I refer the member to the attached Minister for Environment's media statement on the matter, dated 21 December 2017, which I table.
[See paper 1152.]
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