Faragher approves Freo lead exports

Environment Minister Donna Faragher has today approved the export of lead from Magellan Metals' Wiluna mine through the port of Fremantle.


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Strict environmental conditions indeed - the devils in the detail - one wonders how many soil and air monitoring units are placed along the line through the suburbs that run alongside the rail line or how frequently in a 12 month period will air and soil monitoring take place. But then it is not Magellan or the Minister to blame - because as a society we accept such things so long the process gives the appearance that something is being done! And also ignorance is bliss - we are all worried about lead - very justifiably, while in suburbs 50 metres from homes chemicals like sodium cyanide is being transported - safely we are told - yet if one carriage was to be destroyed, even 1 tonne of the substance is enough to wipe out a few hundred people - yet we say nothing!

This is disgusting. Will it take another catastrophe before the Liberal Government realise they have made a mistake? Magellan Metals has not even remediated the land in Esperance yet they prepare to ship more toxic lead through an even more populated urban area. This speaks volumes about the sort of company we are dealing with. Would an Australian company do this? It is apparent that Ms Faragher does not live in the southern suburbs as if she did she would not let this happen. This is a travesty and a sad day for Fremantle. Another example of a Liberal State Government wanting to fatten its pockets at the expense of the people they are supposed to represent

I am not living in Fremantle but I am very concerned about this decision. There is always a chance that some unwanted accident might happen with the transport, no matter how stringent conditions the government put in place. When that happens, the consequence will be much more catastropic than what the $5 million deposit can do: the health of people living in the area, and the beauty of the Fremantle all people in Perth enjoy.

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