Ministerial Approval Statements

If the Minister for Environment determines that a proposal may be implemented, he/she issues a statement setting out the implementation decision and the conditions, if any, to which the implementation is subject. All Ministerial Approval Statements issued under s45(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 are listed below with the most recent appearing first.

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0926 – Armstrong Reserve, Dunsborough, Urban and Commercial Development
Summary: The proposal is to develop 1.28 ha of Armstrong Reserve, Lots 111, 115, 116, 117 and 257 Naturaliste Terrace, Dunsborough, for the purpose of an aged care facility.
Status: Final
Release Date: 21 January 2013
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0925 – Nammuldi-Silvergrass Expansion
Summary: The proposal includes the existing Nammuldi-Silvergrass Iron Ore Project and the proposed expansion, located approximately 60 kilometres north-west of the town of Tom Price, Shire of Ashburton, in the Pilbara region. 
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 January 2013
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0924 – Flinders Pilbara Iron Ore Project - Stage 1
Summary: The proposal is to develop and operate an iron ore mine on the Blacksmith tenement located approximately 70 km north-west of Tom Price in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 January 2013
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0923 – Brockman Railway Infrastructure Project
Summary: The proposal is to construct a railway line and associated infrastructure connecting the Brockman Iron Ore Mine to an existing railway line.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 January 2013
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0922 – Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure. Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0873 - Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure. Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 January 2013
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0921 – Waste Disposal Site at Narngulu (Meru)
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0172 - Proposed Waste Disposal Site at Narngulu and Ministerial Statement 0173 - Waste Disposal Site at Narngulu
Status: Final
Release Date: 7 January 2013
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0920 – Kemerton Silica Sand Mining Proposal – Additional Mining Areas and Transfer of Land for Conservation
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0703 - Kemerton Silica Sand Mining Proposal - Additional mining areas transfer of land for conservation
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 January 2013
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0919 – Expansion of the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0709 – Expansion of the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 December 2012
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0918 - Cape Lambert to Emu Siding Rail Duplication and Borrow Pits in Millstream Chichester National Park
Summary: The proposal includes the approved rail line and eastern deviation and associated infrastructure adjacent to the existing rail line from Cape Lambert to Emu Siding.  The seven borrow pits within Millstream Chichester National Park are for use in the construction and maintenance of rail lines and associated infrastructure located within Millstream Chichester National Park.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 December 2012
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0917 - Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct
Summary:

 Note: In the matter of The Wilderness Society of WA (Inc) –v- Minister for Environment [2013] WASC, the Supreme Court of Western Australia found the Minister’s agreement decision invalid because the EPA’s decision to report was invalid.

Statement that a future proposal(s) identified in a strategic proposal may be implemented (sections 40b and 45 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986) within the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct located at James Price Point.


Status: Final
Release Date: 19 November 2012
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0916 – Extension of Kemerton Silica Sand Dredge Mining
Summary: The proposal is to extend dredge mining of silica sands at Kemerton westward of existing operations and transfer 845 hectares of land to the conservation reserve system.
Status: Final
Release Date: 12 November 2012
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0915 – Ferraus Pilbara Project
Summary: The proposal is to expand the FerrAus Pilbara Project to include below the water table mining at the Robertson Range Area and to develop additional mine pits at the Davidson Creek Area, located in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Attachment 1 to Statement 915 – changes to conditions 10-6, 10-8 to 10-11 and 11 – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 31 December 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 November 2012
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0914 - Yandicoogina Iron Ore Project – Expansion to Include Junction South West and Oxbow Deposits
Summary: The proposal is to for the development of new pits at Junction South West and Oxbow, temporary waste landforms, the development of new infrastructure, additional dewatering and water disposal activities. The proposal is located in the central Pilbara region of Western Australia, on mining lease 274SA.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 October 2012
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0913 – Wiluna Uranium Mine, 30 km South and 15 km South-East of Wiluna Shire of Wiluna
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a uranium mine consisting of two deposits Centipede and Lake Way at mining tenements M53/224 and MLA53/1090, located approximately 30 kilometres south and 15 kilometres south-east of Wiluna
Status: Final
Release Date: 10 October 2012
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0912 – Red Hill Quarry Development, Gidgegannup, City of Swan
Summary: The proposal is to extend the existing Red Hill Quarry to the west (West Quarry Pit Extension Area A) and north-west (West Quarry Pit Extension Area B) of the current pit, and extend the existing stockpile and dispatch area, and install a quaternary crusher.
Status: Final
Release Date: 9 October 2012
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0911 – Barrambie Vanadium Project Shires of Meekatharra and Sandstone
Summary: The proposal is to develop an open-cut vanadium mine and process plant at Barrambie, 75 kilometres north-west of the Sandstone townsite and 116 kilometres south-east of Meekatharra.
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 October 2012
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0910 – Wastewater Treatment Plant, Augusta
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0126 – Wastewater Treatment Plant, Augusta
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 October 2012
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0909 – Yilgarn Operations Windarling Range W4 East Deposit
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate an open cut iron ore mine and haul road at the Windarling Range W4 East Deposit, located approximately 130 kilometres north of Southern Cross.

Attachment 1 to Statement 909 – Extension to the area of the W4 East Deposit Haul Road and revision of proposal description – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 20 November 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 2 October 2012
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0908 – Weld Range Iron Ore Project, 85 Kilometres South West Of Meekatharra And 60 Kilometres North West Of Cue In The Midwest Region Of Western Australia
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate an iron ore mine and associated infrastructure at Weld Range. Open pit mining would occur above and below the water table and would involve dewatering. Excess water would be discharged to a lined evaporation pond.

Attachment 1 to Statement 908 – Changes to implementation conditions 4-6, 6-6, 7-2, 7-4, 9-2 and 10-2 – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 12 March 2014.


Status: Final
Release Date: 29 August 2012
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0907 – Windarling Range W3/5 Deposit Deepening Shire of Yilgarn
Summary: The proposal is situated on Mining Leases M77/999 and M77/1000, approximately 130 kilometres north of Southern Cross in the Shire of Yilgarn (Figure 1).  The proposal is to mine iron ore by open cut mining below the groundwater table in the portion of the W3/5 Deposit at Windarling Range as shown in Figure 2 and defined in schedule 2.  The depth of the open-cut mine will increase from nominally 400 metres Australian Height Datum (AHD) to nominally 315 metres AHD.
Status: Final
Release Date: 21 August 2012
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0906 - Point Grey Marina
Summary: The proposal is for the construction of an onshore marina (and associated boating infrastructure e.g. boat pens, jetties, navigational aids, entrance channel, protective groynes, public boat ramps and car parks) on the western side of the Point Grey peninsula. The proposal also includes the construction of a 2.5 kilometre navigation channel across the Harvey Estuary from the marina to the Dawesville Channel.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 August 2012
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0905 – Magellan Lead Carbonate Project, Wiluna
Summary:

This Statement replaces and supersedes all previous conditions and procedures of Statement 559, Statement 783, and the Interim Implementation Conditions (Published on 23 February 2011) Magellan Lead Carbonate Project, Wiluna.

Attachment 1 to Statement 905 – Replacement of Schedule 1 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 December 2013.

Attachment 2 to Statement 905 – Replacement of Schedule 2 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 December 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 27 July 2012
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0904 - Cape Riche Seawater Desalination Plant
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a 12GL/annum seawater desalination plant in order to supply water to Grange Resource’s Southdown Magnetite operations.
Status: Final
Release Date: 19 July 2012
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0903 – Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure, Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0873 – Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure. Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 July 2012
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0902 – Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Mining Project Stage 1, 110 Kilometres North of Newman, Shire of East Pilbara
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0824 Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Mining Project Stage 1, 110 Kilometres North of Newman, Shire of East Pilbara
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 July 2012
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0901 – Busselton Regional Aerodrome City of Busselton
Summary: Replacement of all previous conditions and procedures in Ministerial Statements 399, 825, 856, 878, and 887 Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Status: Final
Release Date: 22 June 2012
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0900 – Yilgarn Operations Deception Deposit
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate an open cut iron ore mine, waste rock landform, ore stockpile, haul road and associated infrastructure, 150 kilometres north of Southern Cross.

Attachment 1 to Statement 900 – Realignment of the Deception Deposit Haul Road and the siting of the Deception Deposit Waste Rock Landform – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 November 2012.

Attachment 2 to Statement 900 – Realignment of Haul Road, co-location of support infrastructure to Ore Stockpile areas – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 5 November 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 18 June 2012
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0899 – Cloudbreak Life of Mine, Pilbara
Summary:

The proposal includes the existing Cloudbreak iron ore mine and proposed expansion.  The existing mine includes open pit strip mining, backfilling of pits, progressive rehabilitation and ore processing.  The expansion includes increasing ore production, development of new pits and permanent waste landforms, the development of new infrastructure, additional dewatering and water disposal activities, an upgrade of the ore processing facility.

Attachment 1 to Statement 899 – Change to Table 1 in Schedule 1 for increase in reinjection requirements and integration of groundwater management between Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 20 December 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 5 June 2012
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0898 – Expansion to Limestone Quarry on Mining Lease 08/06 Sub Lease 3h/034, 8 Kilometres South West of Exmouth
Summary: To excavate limestone, screen the material on-site, re-establish an access road and rehabilitate all of the disturbed areas.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 May 2012
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0897 – Wagerup Alumina Refinery - Production to a Maximum Capacity of 4.7 Million Tonnes Per Annum and Associated Bauxite Mining
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0728 – Wagerup Alumina Refinery - Production to a Maximum Capacity of 4.7 Million Tonnes Per Annum and Associated Bauxite Mining
Status: Final
Release Date: 9 May 2012
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0896 – Mungada Iron Ore Project, 220 Kilometres East-Southeast of Geraldton and 320 Kilometres North-Northeast of Perth, Shire of Perenjori
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0806 Mungada Iron Ore Project, 220 kilometres east-southeast of Geraldton and 320 kms north-northeast of Perth, Shire of Perenjori.
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 May 2012
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0895 – Karara Iron Ore Project, 215 Kilometres East-Southeast of Geraldton and 320 Kilometres North-Northeast of Perth,Shire of Perenjori
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0805 Karara Iron Ore Project 215 kilometres east-southeast of Geraldton and 320 kms north-northeast of Perth, Shire of Perejori
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 May 2012
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0894 – Residential Subdivision on Lots 3000 (Formerly Lot 1512) and 1523 Emu Point Drive, Albany
Summary:

The proposal is for the residential subdivision of Lots 3000 (formerly Lot 1512) and 1523 Emu Point Drive in Albany. 

Attachment 1 to Statement 894 – Increase in clearing of native vegetation, change to development footprint boundary – change to proposal approved under section 45C 10 July 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 30 April 2012
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0893 – Hope Downs Iron Ore Mine, 75 Km North-West of Newman Pilbara Region
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0584 Hope Downs Iron Ore Mine, 75km North-West of Newman, Pilbara Region

Status: Final
Release Date: 12 April 2012
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0892 – Parker Range (Mount Caudan) Iron Ore Project Shire of Yilgarn
Summary: The proposal is to develop and operate the Parker Range (Mount Caudan) Iron Ore Project located approximately 15 kilometres south-east of Marvel Loch in the Shire of Yilgarn. The proposal consists of a mining area and haul road area.  The mining area includes an above and below the watertable iron ore mine, associated infrastructure and the Parker Range Bypass Road.
Status: Final
Release Date: 12 April 2012
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0891 – Multi-User Iron Ore Export (Landside) Facility Port Hedland
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate port infrastructure which includes a stockyard facility, rail loop, conveyor, wharf and ship-loading facility at Port Hedland.
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 April 2012
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0890 – Outer Harbour Development – Port Hedland BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPBIO)
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate the Outer Harbour Development which includes landside and marine infrastructure for the handling and export of iron ore from BHPBIO’s operations.

The Boodarie stockyard infrastructure will supply an overland conveyor to a transfer pad located to the west of the existing Finucane Island facilities. A piled jetty will transfer ore material to the ship loaders located at the piled wharf.


Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 2012
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0889 – Mt Gibson Iron Ore Mine & Infrastructure Project Shire of Yalgoo
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0753 Mt Gibson Iron Ore Mine & Infrastructure Project Shire of Yalgoo
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 2012
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0888 – Expansion of Jurien Gypsum Mining Operation ML70/1161, Shire of Dandaragan
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0730 Expansion of Jurien Gypsum Mining Operation ML70/1161, Shire of Dandaragan
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 February 2012
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0887 – Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0399 Busselton Regional Aerodrome.
Status: Final
Release Date: 7 February 2012
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0886 – Jack Hills Expansion Project – Shires of Meekatharra, Murchison, Cue and Shark Bay
Summary:

To expand the Jack Hills Iron Ore Project, 120 kilometres northwest of Meekatharra and approximately 400 kilometres northeast of Geraldton. 

The proposal consists of a designated mining area containing two open pits, integrated waste and tailings landform, ore beneficiating plant and workshops, a combined gas pipeline spur and water pipe corridor, a services (possible water, gas, power transmission) corridor to Weld Range, the Byro Sub-basin Borefield and the Murchison Palaeochannel Borefield, a power station, airstrip, village and ancillaries.  The Jack Hills Expansion Project is contiguous with the Stage 1 mine.


Status: Final
Release Date: 9 January 2012
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0885 – Transitional Development of Cone Bay Marine Tropical Finfish Aquaculture Venture, Aquaculture Licence 1465
Summary: The proposal is to operate a 2000 tonnes per annum barramundi sea cage aquaculture farm in Cone Bay which is located in the Buccaneer Archipelago and forms part of the Yampi Sound in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. 
Status: Final
Release Date: 5 January 2012
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0884 – Coastal Walk Trail from Point Ann to Hamersley Inlet - Fitzgerald River National Park
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate a walk trail along the coast from Point Ann to Hamersley Inlet within Fitzgerald River National Park.

Attachment 1 to Statement 884 – Two walk trails: an Eastern walk trail from Quoin Head to Cave Point including a spur trail to Hamersley Inlet; and a Western trail from Point Ann to Fitzgerald Inlet with shorter walk option at Lake Nameless; reduction and relocation of overnight camping, and amendment to Wilderness Management Zone Boundary – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 28 August 2012.


Status: Final
Release Date: 22 December 2011
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0883 – Hamersley Agriculture Project
Summary: The proposal involves utilising mine dewatering, surplus to other Marandoo Mine Phase 2 requirements, for irrigated agriculture. The Project area is located approximately 6 km to the west of Marandoo Mine. The Project area is approximately 2800 hectares of which a maximum of 1815 hectares is to be disturbed. This includes 1650 hectares of direct impact and 165 hectares of indirect impact.

Status: Final
Release Date: 5 December 2011
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0882 – Spotted Quoll Open Pit Nickel Mine, Shire of Kondinin
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0808  - Spotted Quoll Open Pit Nickel  Mine, Shire Of Kondinin
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 December 2011
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0881 – West Pilbara Iron Ore Project Stage 1 – Mine and Rail, Shire of Ashburton and Shire of Roebourne
Summary: The proposal is to develop eight iron ore deposits at five locations, between 35 and 85 kilometres (km) south of Pannawonica.  A heavy-haulage railway approximately 285 km in length would be developed to connect the mine area with a port to be constructed at Anketell Point, 25 km north-east of Karratha.  The project would produce up to 30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of iron ore.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 November 2011
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0880 – Cape Lambert to Emu Siding Rail Duplication
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a rail line and associated infrastructure adjacent to the existing rail line from Cape Lambert to Emu Siding.

Attachment 1 to Statement 880 – Realignment of the originally proposed rail duplication – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 June 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 November 2011
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0879 - Gold mine developments on Lake Lefroy
Summary:

The proposal is to expand existing open-cut and underground gold mining developments within a defined project area on the surface of Lake Lefroy, approximately 20 kilometres south east of Kambalda. The proposal includes the discharge of dewatering to the lake’s surface and the construction of associated mining infrastructure (including open pits and waste rock dumps).

Attachment 1 – Increase of 348 hectares to the area of disturbance – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 26 March 2014.


Status: Final
Release Date: 16 November 2011
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0878 - Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Summary: Refer to Ministerial Statement 399.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 November 2011
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0877 – Town of Port Hedland Town Planning Scheme No. 5 Amendment No. 22 (Rezone Residential Land in the West End of Port Hedland)
Summary: To rezone currently zoned residential land in the West End of Port Hedland to “West End Residential” and “Town Centre".
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 November 2011
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