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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

5 September 2003

Koolyanobbing Expansion Approved with Conditions


Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today approved the expansion by Portman Iron Ore Limited of its mine at Koolyanobbing, Western Australia, subject to strict conditions.

"The proposal to incorporate seven outlying iron ore deposits at Windarling and Mt Jackson into an existing mine required Australian Government approval due to potentially significant impacts on nationally threatened species. I have imposed strict conditions to protect the endangered plants, Paynter's Tetratheca and Jackson Tetratheca, and the vulnerable Malleefowl," Dr Kemp said.

"The strict conditions are designed to ensure that the company proves to us at each stage of the mining process that their mitigation and conservation measures are working."

The conditions include:

"I have also required protection of the land to the immediate north of the Windarling deposit to ensure continuing connection to the surrounding environment and to further safeguard the remaining population of Paynter's Tetratheca," Dr Kemp said.

"My decision will provide strong, ongoing protection of the Paynter's Tetratheca, Jackson Tetratheca and the Malleefowl, while at the same time, boosting the regional economy and infrastructure and creating new employment opportunities."

A copy of the approval and conditions can be viewed on the Department of the Environment and Heritage web site at www.deh.gov.au/epbc/publicnotices/index.html.

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