Margaret River mining bans still unknown

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Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett said he will wait for an appeal to the environmental watchdog to be resolved before legislating against mining in Margaret River.

Last year an application by LD Operations to mine coal at Osmington sparked wide community anger.

The state’s environmental watchdog eventually ruled against the proposal, but the company has launched an appeal.

Last year Barnett said he would consider changing laws to prevent mining in the region in order to protect it.

He told the ABC he was currently considering a number of options for protecting the area, but would delay any decision until after the appeals process.

"At the moment the company has appealed against the decision of the EPA so that’s with the appeals convenor right now and we will wait for that outcome," he said.

Canadian company Wester Coal is currently in the process of applying for an exploration license north of Margaret River.

The move is being opposed by the local community and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Labor MP Adele Farina said she was finding it difficult to find out what the Government’s plans for the area were.

“It’s very, very frustrating,” she said.

“What is clear from the Government’s response though is that no legislation has been drafted to date and the Government is looking at options other than legislation.”

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