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).

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