Coal mining still a threat to Margaret River, MP says

The member for Western Australia’s Margaret River region has accused premier Colin Barnett of breaking his promise to protect the area from coal mining.

Member for the South West, Adele Farina, said Barnett promised he would bring about legislation to ban mining around the Margaret River region, according to the ABC.

It came after a long battle between LD Operations and community groups over the proposed Vasse coal mine and exploration, which split the state government.

The mine was eventually vetoed by environment minister Bill Marmion, who backed up the initial EPA ruling on the proposed mine and exploration in the region.

However despite LDO’s proposal being rejected, Western Coal has still been granted exploration licences across the region.

Farina claims that by granting these licences the government has reneged on its promised.

"The Government continues to hold the view that the area is now protected because they recently rejected a mining proposal for the area," she said.

"Now, we all know that’s not the case, there are other exploration applications and mining applications existing over the area."

However a spokesperson for the WA planning minister stated that the rejection of LD Operations’ proposed Vasse coal mine is a demonstration of the government’s focus on environmental sustainability in the region.

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