Appeals delay conservation park drilling
FIVE appeals – including one by the Shire of Toodyay – are continuing to delay plans to drill hundreds of holes to test for mining in Julimar Conservation Park, about 28km west of the Toodyay townsite.
Chalice Mining, which has already drilled more than 700 holes on nearby farms, was granted State Government permission last year to drill on existing forest tracks.
The appeals are against a permit granted in December to drill further into the forest.
The shire says it was told vegetation would not be cleared but the permit allows an “operational footprint” of 4.4ha (11 acres).
Chalice has told investors that the conservation park has the potential to become a “globally significant mine”.
Drilling on nearby private land that Chalice now owns has already produced results worth between $14 billion and $35 billion on today’s market for ‘green’ metals.
Chalice says it has drilled only six holes on existing forest tracks (pictured above) using ‘low-impact’ techniques and told the Australian Stock Exchange last year that there would be “no mechanised clearing”.
The forest is home to threatened species such as the Black Cockatoo and Chuditch.