Huge news: Rio Tinto leaves the SW forests!

By Steve Gates

Dear NRPG members and interested,

This is exciting news from the WA Forest Alliance, with both Rio Tinto and Alcoa backing off on mining in our forests.

NRPG will continue to support the amazing dedicated work of the WA Forest Alliance (as we committed to in their Forest Charter) and the Northern Jarrah Forest Alliance, in their efforts to save our forests from mining and logging.

We appreciate your ongoing membership and interest, so that NRPG can continue to speak up for our Environment!

Please send a quick email to the Premier per the email below, and share with your contacts

Kind regards,
Steve Gates

President, NRPG Bushcarers

WAFA logo with WAFA in fluro green and WA Forest Alliance in black letters Dear Steve  We have excellent news! Rio Tinto has today announced that it will be withdrawing its applications to explore for minerals in the Northern Jarrah Forests. When Rio Tinto applied for 10 tenements, covering 107,000ha of forest ecosystems in February last year, the response was immediate and powerful.  There was an unprecedented number of formal objections lodged with the mining warden’s court and an uproar on social media and in the community.  It is thanks to each and every one of you for your work to hold back this major threat, that we have achieved this outcome today. It is also a very clear message to other mining companies and to the government, that there is no social license for mining in the South West forests and that they will be fiercely and successfully defended. Read the articles on WAtoday and ABC News.  A group of people walk along a gravel road in the Northern Jarrah Forest It is critically important that we protect the remaining native forests. There should be no new mining contemplated in these precious ecosystems. We need them to be formally, securely protected.
We are calling on the other mining companies threatening the forests, principally Alcoa, South32, Telupac and Chalice to follow suit and recognise that there is no support for new mines in the Northern Jarrah Forests.
The State Government must act quickly and decisively to securely protect these forests in a network of National Parks and Nature Reserves. You can help by emailing Premier Roger Cook with our email template.  Email the Premier  From all of us at WAFA, thank you and congratulations on your efforts – today we have removed a major threat to the forests.  Our work continues from here to ensure that the forests are securely protected. For the forests,Jess Jess Beckerling
Campaign Director | WA Forest Alliance        We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional owners of the southwest forests across the Noongar/Bibbulmun nation. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
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