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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0814 - Cundaline and Callawa Mining Operations
Summary: BHP Billiton Iron Ore is proposing to develop the Cundaline and Callawa Iron Ore deposits located near the existing Goldsworthy operations, 200km east of Port Hedland in the Pilbara Region. New and existing Goldsworthy infrastructure would be utilised.

Attachment 1 to Statement 814 – Increase in maximum disturbance and land disturbance boundaries – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 11 February 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 25 November 2009
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0813 - Silicon Project, Kemerton and Mine at Moora
Summary: The mining of silica (quartzite) rock approximately 15 kilometres north of Moora on Mining Lease M70/191, and smelting to produce silicon, employing wood, charcoal, coal and the silica mined at Moora, in the Kemerton Industrial Area approximately 20 kilometres north of Bunbury in the Shire of Harvey. The revised proposal is for the increase from the approved three submerged electric arc furnaces to four submerged electric arc furnaces at the Kemerton site, and the associated increase in production. The proposal is documented in schedule 1 of this statement.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 November 2009
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0812 - Dredging at Nelson Point, BHP Billiton RGP6 Project, Port Hedland
Summary: The proposal involves the dredging of not more than 6 million cubic metres (Mm3) of material for two new berth pockets and extensions to the existing departure channel and swing basin at Nelson Point to accommodate vessels of approximately 250,000 dead weight tonnes (DWT), disposal of dredged material at both offshore in Commonwealth waters site and to a land based dredged material management area (DMMA), as documented in schedule 1 of this statement.
Release Date: 4 November 2009
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0811 - Koolanooka/Blue Hills direct shipping ore mining project, Shires of Morawa and Perenjori
Summary:

The proposal is to mine hematite ore at Koolanooka Hills and at Mungada West and Mungada East (part of the Blue Hills Range), to reinstate the Mungada Haul Road to its original width and construct an accommodation camp at Old Karara. The proposal is further documented in schedule 1 of this statement.

Attachment 1 to Statement 811 - Mine detritals, expand Koolanooka South fold Cutback, increase the size of overburden stockpiles, and in-pit backfilling - change to proposal approved under s45C on 17 March 2010.

Attachment 2 to Statement 811 – Additional ore stockpile areas for Koolanooka Mine – change to proposal approved under s45C on 17 May 2011.

Attachment 3 to Statement 811 – Amendments to the Blue Hills component of the Koolanooka/Blue Hills DSO Mining Project to include expansion of the Mungada West and East pits, relocation of the processing facilities, relocation and expansion of waste stockpiles and ore stockpiles, relocate the access tracks and haul roads and reduction of clearing of the Mungada haul road between Koolanooka and Blue Hills – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 3 May 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 24 March 2010
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0810 - Keysbrook Mineral Sands Mine Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Shire of Murray
Summary:

To develop a mineral sands mine near the Keysbrook township. The proposal involves the excavation and processing of a low-grade heavy mineral sands deposit. The proposal is described further in schedule 1 of this document.

Attachment 1 to Statement 810 – Amendment to Condition 15 – change to proposal approved under s46C on 19 June 2011.

Attachment 2 to Statement 810 – Increase in proposal area to accommodate wet processing plant adjacent to the mining area, and change to area of vegetation to be protected – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 4 February 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 19 October 2009
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0809 - Wheelarra Hill Mine Modification Shire of East Pilbara
Summary: The proposal is for an increase in the mining rate from approximately 12 Mtpa to 45 Mtpa. The Wheelarra Hill Mine located approximately 40 km from Newman. The proposal includes clearing of an additional 580 ha of vegetation. The required water supply would increase from 3,750 kL per day to 11,800 kL per day. The proposal also involves the construction of a new rail spur and loop and Train Load-out facilities as well as the upgrading of existing 66 kV power line and installation of a second line.
Release Date: 7 December 2009
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0808 - Spotted Quoll open pit nickel mine, Shire of Kondinin
Summary: The proposal is to develop and operate an open pit nickel mine and associated infrastructure on Mining Lease 77/00583 and haulage road on Mining Lease 77/00545 within the Shire of Kondinin.
Release Date: 17 September 2009
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0807 - Western Turner Syncline, Section 10 Iron Ore Project, Shire of Ashburton
Summary:

To open-cut mine iron ore and link the mining operation to the existing Tom Price Mine process facilities with an infrastructure corridor. This corridor would contain an ore conveyor system, access roads, power, water and communications lines.

Attachment 1 to Statement 807 – Removal of Water Supply and Production Limits – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 10 December 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 17 September 2009
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0806 - Mungada Iron Ore Project, 220 kilometres east-southeast of Geraldton and 320 kms north-northeast of Perth, Shire of Perenjori.
Summary: The proposal is to mine hematite and magnetite iron ore from the Blue Hills North and Terapod deposits, and construction of associated mine infrastructure, upgraded access road to Morawa, Tilley Siding, and powerline corridor in the Midwest region of Western Australia.

Attachment 1 to Statement 806 – Amendments to project disturbance footprint for additional haul roads and the realignment and widening of existing haul roads – change to proposal approved under s45C on 11 Mar 2011.
Status: Final
Release Date: 9 September 2009
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0805 - Karara Iron Ore Project 215 kilometres east-southeast of Geraldton and 320 kms north-northeast of Perth, Shire of Perenjori
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a magnetite iron ore mine, processing plant and associated infrastructure, Linear Infrastructure Corridor accommodating the raw water pipeline to the borefield near Mingenew and access road to Morawa, in the Midwest region of Western Australia.

Attachment 1 to Statement 805 - Relocation of the accommodation village, relocation of the airstrip, consolidation of mine infrastructure and removal of internal roads, a borrow pit and a water pipeline - change to proposal approved under s45C on 15 March 2010.

Attachment 2 to Statement 805 – Increase in disturbance area to allow for increased waste dump area, rail loop and airstrip clearing – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 21 June 2012.

Attachment 3 to Statement 805 – Additional clearing for construction of processing plant to facilitate the phased KIOP Expansion Project – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 20 February 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 8 September 2009
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0804 - Bluewaters Power Station - Phase II, Shire of Collie
Summary: The construction and operation of a sub-critical coal-fired base-load power generating facility with a nominal generating capacity of 200 megawatts adjacent to the Bluewaters I Power Station on a site located approximately four kilometres north-east of Collie, as documented in schedule 1 of Ministerial Statement 724.
Release Date: 27 August 2009
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0803 - Bluewaters Power Station, Shire of Collie
Summary: The construction and operation of a sub-critical coal-fired base-load power generating facility with a nominal generating capacity of 200 megawatts on a site located approximately four kilometres north-east of Collie, as documented in schedule 1 of Ministerial Statement 685.
Release Date: 27 August 2009
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0802 - Koolyanobbing Iron Ore Project, Windarling W2 Pit mining below the groundwater table, Windarling Range, Shire of Yilgarn
Summary: The proposal is for open-cut mining of iron ore (haematite) below the groundwater table at the currently mined W2 pit at Windarling, approximately 90 kilometres north-north-east of Koolyanobbing. The open-cut mine will require a depth increase of approximately 114 metres from nominally 402 metres Australian Height Datum (AHD) to 288 metres AHD. This will enable mining of an estimated six million tonnes of ore.

Attachment 1 to Statement 802 – Amendments to conditions 7-2, 7-5-2 and 7-5-3 – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 30 May 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 August 2009
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0801 - Fremantle Ports Inner Harbour and Channel deepening, reclamation at Rous Head and offshore placement of dredged material
Summary:

The proposal is to deepen the Fremantle Inner Harbour, Entrance Channel and the Deep Water Channel by dredging approximately 3.1 million cubic metres to provide for further reclamation at Rous Head of approximately 27 hectares and for offshore disposal.

Attachment 1 to Statement 801 – A change to the location of offshore placement of dredged material from Fremantle Ports Inner Harbour and Channel Deepening, and related works – change to proposal approved under s45C on 6 August 2010.

Attachment 2 to Statement 801 – Extension of dredging duration and removal of dredging timeframe indication – change to proposal approved under s45C on 24 March 2011.


Status: Final
Release Date: 18 August 2009
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0800 - Gorgon Gas development revised and expanded proposal: Barrow Island Nature Reserve
Summary:

The construction of facilities for the development of the Greater Gorgon Gas Fields on the North-West Shelf, and the processing and export of the gas at a liquefied natural gas plant to be constructed on Barrow Island, as more generally described in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement / Environmental Review and Management Programme for the Proposed Gorgon Development, the Final Environmental Impact Statement/ Response to Submissions on the Environmental Review and Management Programme, as amended under Section 45C, and as expanded and revised in the Public Environmental Review for the Gorgon Gas Development Revised and Expanded Proposal and the Response to Submissions: Gorgon Gas Development Revised and Expanded Proposal, Public Environmental Review.

Attachment 1 to Statement 800 - Change to clarify that discharge of waste from marine vessels will be in accordance with MARPOL 73/78. Change to proposal approved under s45C on 23 February 2010.

Attachment 2 to Statement 800 - Change to development and usage of boil off gas flares and increase of seawater volume intake during the construction period. Change to proposal approved under s45C on 26 February 2010.

Attachment 3 to Statement 800 - Use of seawater for construction earthworks on the LNG treatment plant site. Change to proposal approved under s45C on 23 March 2010.

Attachment 4 to Statement 800 - Increase in construction duration and construction workforce – change to proposal approved under s45C on 29 April 2011.

Attachment 5 to Statement 800 – To modify the carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline from an above ground installation to a buried installation - change to proposal approved under s45C on 2 June 2011.

Attachment 6 to Statement 800 – Amendment to Condition 17 - change to proposal approved under s46C on 31 May 2011.

Attachment 7 to Statement 800 – Amendment to condition 23A.3 ix – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 25 June 2013.

Attachment 8 to Statement 800 - Deletion of construction duration and construction workforce detailed in Attachment 4 and correction of clerical error in Attachment 5 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 26 June 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 10 August 2009
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0799 - Tutunup South Mineral Sands Project
Summary: The proposal is to mine the Tutunup South Mineral Sands Project located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Busselton on Lots 2, 1827 and 1828 and part of Lots 441, 442, 1268, 1813, 1829 and part of Crown Reserve 22455, Hithergreen and part of State Forest 33 Yoganup. Mining is to extend approximately 15 metres below ground level and will require dewatering.
Status: Final
Release Date: 7 August 2009
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0798 - Variation to existing Aquaculture Licence 1465 to increase production to 1000 tonnes per year production of barramundi in Cone Bay, Shire of Derby-West Kimberley
Summary: To produce 1,000 tonnes per annum of Barramundi in Cone Bay, 215 kilometres north-northeast of Broome, Shire of Derby-West Kimberley, with the use of eight nursery and 20 grow out sea cages.
Release Date: 10 August 2009
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0797 - Pardoo Iron Ore Mine and direct shipping from Port Hedland, Shire of East Pilbara and Town of Port Hedland
Summary: The proposal is to develop and operate a direct shipping iron ore project in the Pilbara, as allowed in Statement No. 775. The project involves the open-cut mining of eight small pits approximately 70 kilometres east of Port Hedland to obtain direct shipping ore quality haematite. Annual ore production will be 1.5 million tonnes.
Release Date: 20 July 2009
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0796 - Class II landfill, Lot 7778 Diagram 209805, 1189 Wannamal Road South, Cullula, Shire of Gingin
Summary: To construct and operate a landfill accepting Class II-type waste. Six cells will be constructed with a total operational lifetime of not more than 30 years. A landfill gas collection system and utilisation plant facility will also be constructed.
Release Date: 11 June 2009
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0795 - Devil Creek Development Project, Gnoorea Point, Shire of Roebourne
Summary: The construction and operation of a gas processing plant, onshore supply gas pipeline, onshore sales gas pipeline, and horizontal directionally drilled shore crossing.

Attachment 1 to Statement 795 � Discrete drilling and low level blasting of hard rock outcrops in a small portion of the onshore pipeline trench at various locations � change to proposal approved under s45C on 7 April 2010.
Release Date: 9 April 2010
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0794 - Balla Balla magnetite mining project, 10 kilometres north-west of Whim Creek, Shire of Roebourne
Release Date: 28 April 2009
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0793 - Extractive industry - Lot 242 Corio Road, Pinjarra
Release Date: 28 April 2009
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0792 - Southern Seawater Desalination Project, Lots 32 and 33, and part Lot 8 Taranto Road, Binningup, Shire of Harvey
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a minimum 50 GL/annum and up to100 GL/annum desalination plant on Lots 32 and 33, and Part Lot 8 Taranto Road, Binningup, marine inlet/outlet pipes, and a water supply pipeline to transport potable water to the Integrated Water Supply Scheme via a storage facility near Harvey.

Attachment 1 to Statement 792 � section 46C change to implementation conditions (to amend conditions 4 and 6-9) approved on 22 April 2009.

Attachment 2 to Statement 792 � section 46C change to implementation conditions (to amend condition 6-9) approved on 30 June 2010.
Release Date: 15 July 2010
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0791 - 40 Megawatt Biomass Power Plant - Forest Lease Manjimup
Release Date: 13 March 2009
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0790 - Cooljarloo Mine - Falcon extension approximately 10 kilometres north-west of Cataby, Shire of Dandaragan
Summary: The extension of open pit mining of mineral sands by dredging and dry mining adjacent to existing operations. Existing dry mining and processing practices, plant and equipment will be used. Approximately 3.1 million tonnes of ore will be extracted, slurried and processed by the dry mine concentrator to extract heavy mineral concentrate for transporting to the Chandala facilities.

Attachment 1 to Statement 790: Minor changes to the clearing footprint, change typographical error of ore extracted from 3.1 million tonnes to 7.4 million tonnes - s45C change to proposal approved on 5 August 2009.
Status: Final
Release Date: 7 August 2009
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0789 - Western extension to the Dardanup Mineral Sands Project to include the Burekup Mineral Sands Deposit
Summary: The proposal is to mine the Burekup Mineral Sands Deposit (as the Western Extension to the Dardanup Mine) located approximately 20 kilometres east of Bunbury. Mining is to extend below the water table to approximately 14 metres below ground level and will require dewatering.

Attachment 1 to Statement 789 - Change to the Burekup West mine disturbance footprint area - section 45C change to proposal approved on 7 July 2010.

Attachment 2 to Statement 789 - Change to the Burekup West Mine disturbance footprint area – change to proposal approved under s45C on 8 July 2011.
Status: Final
Release Date: 9 July 2010
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0788 - Utah Point Berth Project - Port Hedland
Release Date: 4 March 2009
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0787 - Albany protected harbour development - Princess Royal Harbour
Summary:

The construction of a boat harbour for commercial and recreational craft through the extension of the existing Albany Town Jetty with a breakwater that will shelter a 6.6 hectare area of water. The harbour will include approximately 130 boat pens (built in two stages), a breakwater with full public access, boat ramp and trailer parking, fishing industry hardstand areas and board walks.

The proposal involves excavation of 15,000 cubic metres of sediment and reclamation of 3.4 hectares of land for the breakwater and fishing industry hardstand areas.


Status: Final
Release Date: 19 February 2009
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0786 - Extension Hill haematite haulage, road and rail siding, Shires of Perenjori and Yalgoo
Summary:

Attachment 1 to Statement 786 – Increased Rail Siding stockpile capacity and water use for dust suppression, and increased variability in train movements per day – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 14 February 2012.

Attachment 2 to Statement 786 – Removal of the General Description in Schedule 1, removal of the elements that are not key characteristics relevant to the environment, amendment to the element 'Vegetation Clearing' – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 10 March 2014.


Status: Final
Release Date: 19 February 2009
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0785 - Brick and tile works, Malaga
Release Date: 13 February 2009
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0784 - Jack Hills Iron Ore Project, Shire of Meekatharra, Murchison Region
Release Date: 12 February 2009
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0783 - Magellan Lead Carbonate Project, Wiluna
Summary:

This Statement has been superceded by a Notice of Interim Implementation Conditions released by the Minister for Environment on 23 February 2011.

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Status: Final
Release Date: 4 February 2009
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0782 - Fimiston Gold Mine Operations Extension Stage 3 and Mine Closure Planning
Summary: The continuation of mining operations at the Fimiston site, and expansion and deepening of the Superpit to 600 metres via the Golden Pike Cutback. Additional waste dumps will be created to the north of the pit to contain 140 million tonnes of waste rock. The Fimiston I and II tailings storage facilities and/or the Kaltails tailings storage facility will be expanded to contain the additional tailings.

Attachment 1 to Statement 782 – Clearing for Kaltails tailings storage facility, contingency clearing for infrastructure post Kaltails recommissioning, and inclusion of hydrogen peroxide dosing facility – change to proposal approved under s45C on 6 September 2010.

Attachment 2 to Statement 782 – Replacement of condition 11-3 – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 23 July 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 29 January 2009
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0781 - Dredging at Finucane Island, BHP Billiton RGP5 Project, Port Hedland
Summary: Dredging of approximately 3,900,000 cubic metres of material for two new berth pockets and extensions to the existing departure channel and swing basin at Harriet Point and Stanley Point, disposal of dredged material at dredged material management areas.

Attachment 1 to Statement 781 � Alternative access to remove mangroves - change to proposal approved under s45C on 30 March 2009.

Attachment 2 to Statement 781 - Increase the size of the dredge footprint by three hectares to 28 hectares, and increase volume of material to be dredged by 50,000 cubic metres to be 3,950,000 cubic metres � section 45C change to proposal approved on 15 December 2009.
Release Date: 17 December 2009
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0780 - Extension of Rehoboth Christian School, 92 Kenwick Road, Kenwick, City of Gosnells
Release Date: 19 January 2009
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0779 - Wastewater treatment and disposal, Albany
Release Date: 15 January 2009
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0778 - Subdivision of Lot 48 Furnissdale Road, Furnissdale
Release Date: 23 December 2008
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0777 - Long Island Tourism Development - Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia
Release Date: 4 December 2008
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0776 - Mesa K Remnant Mining Project, 11km south-west of the town of Pannawonica, Shire of Ashburton
Summary: To undertake mining of up to 12 - 13 Mt of remnant iron ore in the previously mined Mesa K deposit to meet the shortfall of dry ore produced from Mesa J. The proposal will utilise the existing Mesa J equipment fleet, personnel and infrastructure.

Attachment 1 to Statement 776 – Increase in disturbance footprint and amendment of troglofauna mining avoidance areas – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 25 February 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 3 December 2008
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0775 - Pardoo iron ore mine and direct shipping from Port Hedland, Shire of East Pilbara and Town of Port Hedland
Summary: The proposal is to develop and operate a direct shipping iron ore project in the Pilbara. The project involves the open-cut mining of eight small pits approximately 70 kilometres east of Port Hedland to obtain direct shipping ore quality haematite. Annual ore production will be 1.5 million tonnes.

Attachment 1 to Statement 775 - Multiple project design and operational changes to the mine site - section 45C change to proposal approved on 25 August 2009.

Attachment 2 to Statement 775 - Increase the mining rate from 1.5 to 3 million tonnes per annum, involving the addition of two new open pits and associated infrastructure, and changes to an existing open pit – change to proposal approved under s45C on 6 July 2010.

Attachment 3 to Statement 775 – Increase the volume of annual dewatering and environmental discharge from 2 GL per annum to 4.0 GL per annum – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 24 May 2012.

Attachment 4 to Statement 775 - Increase the volume of annual dewatering and environmental discharge from 4 GL to 10 GL per annum, and increase in total disturbance footprint from 490.4 ha to 501.7 ha – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 24 July 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 3 October 2008
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0774 - Oakajee Deepwater Port, Oakajee, Shire of Chapman Valley
Release Date: 13 August 2008
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0773 - Windimurra Vanadium Project: Land clearing and mining below the base of weathering, Shire of Mount Magnet
Summary: The proposal involves land clearing and mining below the base of weathering for the recommencement and extension of the Windimurra Vanadium Mine which ceased operations in 2004.

Attachment 1 to Statement 773 - Revised land clearing requirements - change to proposal approved under s45C on 24 February 2009.

Attachment 2 to Statement 773 – Additional land clearing – change to proposal approved under s45C on 23 August 2011.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 February 2009
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0772 - Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum Project, 50 kilometres north-east of Marble Bar, Shire of East Pilbara
Release Date: 5 August 2008
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0771 - Port facility upgrade - Anderson Point, Port Hedland: Dredging and wharf construction - third berth
Release Date: 19 November 2008
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0770 - Hamersley Iron Dampier Port upgrade to a throughput capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum
Summary: To increase the throughput of iron ore to 145 million tonnes per annum at Dampier Port Operations.

Attachment 1 to Statement 770 - Increase in throughput capacity at Dampier Port to 160 Mtpa to be achieved by the installation of two new surge bins and some additional conveyors at Parker Point - change to proposal approved under s45C on 25 June 2010.
Release Date: 29 June 2010
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0769 - Jansz feed gas pipeline, Barrow Island Nature Reserve
Summary: The Jansz feed gas pipeline is proposed to supply natural gas from the Jansz/Io field located in Commonwealth waters approximately 200km off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia and pipe it across the Barrow Island Nature Reserve to the Gorgon Gas Treatment Plant on Barrow Island.

Attachment 1 to Statement 769 – Changes to conditions 4, 5 and 21, and an addition of schedule 3 – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 4 May 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 May 2008
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0768 - Duplication of synthetic rutile plant capacity, Capel
Release Date: 27 May 2008
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0767 - Southern extension of sand pit, Lot 2 Calinup Road, Gelorup, Shire of Capel
Release Date: 15 April 2008
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0766 - Construction of warehouse and transport depot on Lot 46 Tomah Road, Welshpool
Summary: Construction of Warehouse and Transport Depot on Lot 46 Tomah Road, Welshpool and the Provision of an Environmental Offset by Protecting 21.2 Hectares of Significant Wetland and Native Vegetation at Lot 23 Ioppolo Road, Chittering

Attachment 1 to Statement 766 - To include Lots 47 and 56 and to limit the proposal definition to clearing and earthworks – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 3 October 2010.
Status: Final
Release Date: 15 April 2008
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0765 - Long Island tourism development, Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia
Summary: The construction and operation of a tourism development on Long Island, Wallabi Group, Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, consisting of visitor lodges (maximum of 60 guests), staff accommodation, communal facilities (including day-visitor facilities), boardwalks and gazebos, a swimming pool, deep water jetty, helipad, wastewater treatment plant, desalination plant and other maintenance/service facilities, as documented in Schedule 1. Following the lodgement of an appeal by the proponent, Ministerial Statement 765 has been amended as detailed in Ministerial Statement 777.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 April 2008
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