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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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.

Attachment 3 to Statement 782 – Removal of different options for management of tailings in the description of the proposal; updated description of the proposal including the ‘Proposal footprint’ and ‘Mine Development Envelope’; and removal of elements that are not key proposal characteristics relevant to the environment or managed under other legislation – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 17 June 2015.


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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0764 - Materials stockpiling and handling facilities, Cape Preston
Status: Final
Release Date: 20 March 2008
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0763 - Freshwater Point 1 drilling project within petroleum exploration lease EP413, Beekeepers' Nature Reserve, Shire of Irwin
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 March 2008
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0762 - Wungong Urban Water Redevelopment Scheme 2006
Release Date: 4 March 2008
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0761 - Southern landfill project, South Cardup, Stages 1 2 modified footprint
Status: Final
Release Date: 21 January 2008
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0760 - Mullering 3D seismic survey within Petroleum Exploration Lease EP432, Locality of Cataby, Shire of Dandaragan
Release Date: 27 March 2008
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0759 - 330 MW gas-fired power station, Neerabup, City of Wanneroo
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 October 2008
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0758 - Tilley Siding iron ore loading facility, Shire of Morawa
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 April 2008
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0757 - Pluto Liquified Natural Gas development Site B option - Burrup Peninsula, Shire of Roebourne
Summary: The construction of facilities for the development of the Pluto Gas Field on the North-West Shelf, and the processing and export of the gas at a liquefied natural gas plant to be constructed on the Burrup Peninsula. Extensive dredging will be undertaken adjacent to the export facility. Project as documented in Schedule 1 of Statement 757.

Attachment 1 to Statement 757 - increment of Pluto LNG development project disturbance footprint to allow for minor infrastructure reconfiguration and realignment, and for the addition of security fencing required due to the facility being classified as a site of Vital National Importance� s45C change to proposal approved on 6 May 2008.

Attachment 2 to Statement 757 - to include the construction of an Emergency Escape Route (walkpath) from Site B to Haul Road in the currently approved disturbance footprint of the proposal (as shown on Figure 5) - s45C change to proposal approved on 20 August 2009.

Attachment 3 to Statement 757 - To increase the land disturbance footprint of the proposal by 3.03 hectares - change to proposal approved under s45C on 29 March 2010.

Attachment 4 to Statement 757 - Change to Schedule 6 (Summary of Proponent Offsets) – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 24 January 2011.
Status: Final
Proponent: Woodside Energy Ltd
Release Date: 24 December 2007
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0756 - Mesa A / Warramboo Iron Ore Project, 43km west of Pannawonica, Shire of Ashburton
Summary: The proposal is to mine iron ore at Mesa A / Warramboo in the Robe Valley, Pilbara. The proposal involves the development of mine pits at Mesa A and Warramboo; a primary sizer processing plant; associated mine infrastructure; and the construction of a rail line to link into existing Mesa J mining operations.

Attachment 1 to Statement 756 - Change in the orientation of the escarpment breakthrough portal, additional 0.71ha of clearing of vegetation with the potential to disturb up to an additional 0.3ha, section 45C change to proposal approved on 25 July 2008.

Attachment 2 to Statement 756 - Alteration to the mining pit shell and the MEZ at Mesa A, plus an increase to the groundwater abstraction rate at the Warramboo borefield, section 45C change to proposal approved on 17 December 2010.

Attachment 3 to Statement 756 - Increase in disturbance footprint and removal of 10 year mine life limit – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 27 March 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 21 November 2007
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0755 - Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant - Site B, City of Wanneroo
Release Date: 27 March 2008
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0754 - Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant - Site A, City of Wanneroo
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 November 2007
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0753 - Mt Gibson Iron Ore Mine and Infrastructure Project, Shire of Yalgoo
Summary: To mine and process iron ore from Extension Hill and Extension Hill North, within the Mt Gibson Ranges, construct a pipeline to transport the magnetite slurry to Geraldton Port, and construct infrastructure at the port to strip the ore from the slurry for export.

Attachment 1 to Statement 753 - Changes to road and mine layout - s45C change to proposal approved on 20 February 2008.

Attachment 2 to Statement 753 - Change to layout - s45C change to proposal approved on 26 August 2008.

Attachment 3 to Statement 753 - Increase the mine pit, waste dump and processing plant area, and change the location of the accommodation village and airstrip - s45C change to proposal approved on 2 June 2009.

Attachment 4 to Statement 753 - Correct two errors in the Key Characteristics Table - change to proposal approved under s45C on 31 March 2010.

Attachment 5 to Statement 753 – Include two haul track access roads from the mine pit to the hematite ROM processing plant; expand an existing track to the waste dump area and the revision of the layout of the approved hematite explosives depot – change to proposal approved under s45C on 2 February 2011.

Attachment 6 to Statement 753 – Mining rate, clearance increases, and power supply changes – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 28 August 2012.
Status: Final
Proponent: Mount Gibson Mining Limited
Release Date: 24 October 2007
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0752 - Metropolitan Regional Scheme Amendment No. 1050/33 - Stakehill Swamp, Baldivis
Summary:

The purpose of this scheme amendment is:

  1. to reserve approximately 201 hectares of the subject land as shown shaded in Figure 1 from the 'Rural' Zone to the 'Parks and Recreation' Reservation; and
  2. to amend the Scheme maps accordingly.

Status: Final
Release Date: 11 October 2007
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0751 - Worsley Alumina - Production to maximum capacity of 4.4 MTPA alumina and associated mining, Shires of Beverley, Boddington, Brookton, Collie, Harvey, Wandering and Williams
Release Date: 13 November 2007
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0750 - Mt Gibson Iron Ore Mine and Infrastructure Project, Shire of Yalgoo
Release Date: 13 November 2007
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0749 - Coyote Gold Mine, Stage 2, approximately 280 kilometres south east of Hall's Creek, Tanami Desert, Shire of Hall's Creek
Summary: To produce approximately 400,000 tonnes of ore for gold production from the two open pits Sandpiper and Kookaburra (Stage 2). A 35 kilometre haul road will be constructed between the Stage 2 site and the existing Coyote Stage 1 operation.

Attachment 1 to Statement 749 – Increase to mine life, ore mined and waste rock volumes, deepening of the Kookaburra pit, and an increase to pit and land disturbance areas – change to proposal approved under s45C on 28 September 2011.

Attachment 2 to Statement 749 – Development of Osprey Satellite Pit – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 1 November 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 November 2007
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0748 - Gorgon Gas Development, Barrow Island Nature Reserve
Summary: This Statement is superseded by Ministerial Statement 800, dated 10 August 2009.
Release Date: 10 August 2009
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0747 - Pluto Liquified Natural Gas Development Site B Option Burrup Peninsula, Shire of Roebourne
Summary: Superceded by 0757 - advice from J-P Clement - requested to remove it. 27/12/07
Release Date: 27 December 2007
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0746 - Maxima 3-Dimensional Marine Seismic Survey Scott Reef
Release Date: 4 September 2007
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0745 - Kemerton Power Station Enhancement Project, Shire of Harvey
Release Date: 4 September 2007
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0744 - Kwinana Ethanol Bio-refinery, Kwinana Industrial Area
Release Date: 20 July 2007
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0743 - Dredging program for the Cape Lambert Port Upgrade
Release Date: 20 July 2007
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0742 - Helena East Precinct Remediation Redevelopment, Midland, City of Swan
Summary: 0742 - Helena East Precinct Remediation & Redevelopment, Midland, City of Swan
Release Date: 14 June 2007
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0741 - Cape Lambert upgrade - Increase in throughput to 85 million tons per annum, Shire of Roebourne
Summary: The proposal is to increase the throughput of iron ore to 85 million tonnes per annum at the Cape Lambert Port operations.

Attachment 1 to Statement 741 – Linkage Proposal – Increase in throughput from 85 Mtpa to 105 Mtpa and additional infrastructure. Inclusion of Figure 3 – Indicative Layout of the Linkage – change to proposal approved under s45C on 4 April 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 May 2007
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0740 - Upgrade dust management at Finucane Island and Nelson Point, Port Hedland
Summary: An amendment to existing environmental conditions for dust management at the iron ore operations at Finucane Island and Nelson Point, Port Hedland.

Attachment 1 to Statement 740 – Various amendments to the Environmental Management Actions outlined in Schedule 1 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 9 July 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 May 2007
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0739 - Riverslea Residential Subdivision - Sussex Locations 9002 9001, Margaret River, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
Summary: To subdivide an area of land (Locations 9002 and 9101) for residential purposes, approximately one kilometre east of the Margaret River townsite in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

Attachment 1 - Reduction in development envelope from 12.3 ha to 8.73 ha - change to proposal made under s45C on 17 June 2015.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 March 2007
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0738 - Albany Foreshore Redevelopment - Eastern Part - Princess Royal Harbour
Release Date: 30 March 2007
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0737 - Albany Foreshore Redevelopment - Western Part - Princess Royal Harbour
Release Date: 30 March 2007
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0736 - Cloverdale Mineral Sands Mining Processing, Shire of Capel Busselton
Release Date: 6 February 2007
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0735 - Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline Stage 5 expansion
Summary:

The construction of eleven loops adjacent and connected to the existing underground gas transmission pipeline within the existing corridor to raise the capacity of the system.

Attachment 1 to Statement 735 - To allow for construction within additional easements granted for the purposes of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline - change to proposal approved under s45C on 5 August 2011.


Status: Final
Release Date: 15 December 2006
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0734 - Hamersley Iron Dampier Port upgrade to a throughput capacity of 120 million tonnes per annum
Release Date: 15 December 2006
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0733 - Development of industrial land for future gas development, Burrup Peninsula, Shire of Roebourne
Release Date: 15 December 2006
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