Gindalbie prides itself on recognising the values and qualities of the environment where it conducts its activities. It has thoroughly studied and documented the biodiversity, ecological significance and heritage values of the Mid West region.
Environmental management is integrated into all aspects of Gindalbie’s activities and is conducted in accordance with Government laws and applications. Our initiatives often go beyond compliance and beyond the boundaries of our projects.
Gindalbie’s environmental objective is to maintain the abundance, diversity, geographic distribution and productivity of flora and fauna at species and ecosystem levels. We will minimise any impact or potential impact on native flora and vegetation at the Karara minesite.
Karara Mining Limited (KML) has optimised the footprint of the Karara Iron Ore Project and associated infrastructure, to reduce vegetation clearing and minimise potential impacts upon native fauna.
KML’s Environmental Management System (EMS) contains effective management measures to minimise potential impacts upon native fauna. All employees and contractors are inducted and educated to understand the importance of and their requirements relating to fauna protection. Clearing of habitat is kept to a minimum and designed to encourage habitat connectivity. All ground disturbance (clearing) is completed in accordance with the conditions of a Ground Disturbance Permit which is specifically issued to address the conditions of each individual clearance area. Various other management strategies are implemented to protect fauna, including (but not limited to):
• Construction and maintenance of foundation holes, excavations, trenches and turkey nests;
• Risk assessments and JHA’s;
• Control of feral animals;
• Dust minimisation;
• Waste management;
• Fire prevention and control strategies;
• Weed control and management;
• Noise and vibration minimisation;
• Traffic management including restricted speed limits, road widening and speed cameras/radars;and
• Progressive land rehabilitation
KML is committed to increasing knowledge of the conservation significant fauna specific to the area and continues to conduct fauna surveys. From the information obtained through surveys and in consultation with Biologists, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Community (DoSEWPC) a monitoring and management programme has been established for the Western Spiny-tailed Skinks (WSTS), the Shield-back Trapdoor Spider and the Malleefowl.
In partnership with the Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre, the Malleefowl Perservation Group and the Museum of WA, KML are pursuing the common goal of ongoing research into the critically endangered Malleefowl. Through KML’s breeding programmes and initiatives, to date, three Malleefowl eggs have hatched following excavation of mounds located within proposed infrastructure footprints.
Additionally, ten WSTS’ have been relocated to new habitat where they continue to be monitored. This process has demonstrated the potential for KML to greatly increase the survival rate of these species.
Comprehensive flora and vegetation surveys of the Project area identified 24 species of priority flora and two species of Declared Rare Flora (DRF). One DRF species (Tecticornia bulbosa) is present near the western end of the Karara to Tilley rail spur. A survey to determine the extent of the population identified approximately 47,730 individual plants occupying a narrow band 2 km in length. The rail spur was re-designed to avoid the DRF, and will not have a direct impact.
KML’s Environmental Management System (EMS) contains effective management measures to minimise potential impacts upon native flora and vegetation. These include ground disturbance procedures, weed management, feral animal management and fire control.
Native flora and vegetation, in particular priority flora and DRF, will be monitored for indirect impacts including dust deposition and hydrological changes. Upon completion of construction and operations, progressive rehabilitation with native species will occur. KML is developing a rehabilitation plan incorporating specialist advice and engagement with land managers for the ongoing management of rehabilitated areas.
KML has commissioned two large flora studies. These included a study on the genetic distribution and significance of Acacia karina (Priority species) within the project area (conducted by Kings Park and Botanic Gardens researchers) and a similar study of Acacia woodmaniorium (Declared Rare species) (conducted by Conservation and Land Management/DEC). The objectives of these studies were to gain a better understanding of the distribution and uniqueness of the populations of these species to enable better management and conservation in the long-term.
During the spring period for the last two years, KML have implemented a seed collection program (associated with appropriate seed collection licences) whereby seed from native keystone plant species have been collected, sorted and stored in climate controlled conditions for future use in rehabilitation areas. To date, 250 kilograms of seeds has been collected from over 30 different species.
Annual Environmental Report
As per Karara’s Ministerial Statement Conditions (805 and 806), the Annual Compliance Assessment Reports and the Performance Review Report have been submitted to the Department of Environment and Conservation. The Reports have been compiled in accordance with the conditions relevant to Karara and Mungada Iron Ore Projects and reflect a high standard of compliance. Click the link below to download the reports. For previous compliance reports, click here.
2011 KIOP and MIOP Annual Compliance Assessment Report
2010 Performance Review Report
The 2011 Annual Environmental Report (AER) is required by is required from all mining projects conducted under the Mining Act 1978 that have the AER condition imposed on the relevant tenements while the tenement(s) remain live. This report has been compiled in accordance with the Department of Mines and Petroleum Guidelines for the Preparation of an Annual Environmental Report, May 2010 and reflect a high standard of compliance. For the previous Annual Environmental Report, click here.
The second Annual Environmental Compliance Report to address compliance against the Karara Iron Ore Project Federal Environmental Approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 has been prepared and submitted to the Department of Science, Environment, Water, Population and Community. For the previous Annual Environmental Compliance Report, click here.