Coal Mining in Margaret River

In March 2011, following a sustained community campaign, the Environmental Protection Authority rejected a proposal to build an underground coal mine called the Vasse Coal Project, 15kms from the town of Margaret River and close to a number of wineries and other tourist industries.

On December 21st 2011 WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion upheld the EPA's decision following an appeal from the mine proponents. We hope that the WA Government will stand by this decision.

The proposed mine is just 1km from the Margaret River waterway and there is evidence that it could impact the important Leederville aquifer. Geologists are concerned that mining under this aquifer could lead to de-watering, pollution or damage to the water table. This water is crucial to farmers, wine growers and residents in the South-West.

Lynn has become involved in this issue in her capacity as Greens WA spokesperson for Tourism, Food and Small Business, three sectors that could be devastated by the proposed mine.

As well as asking questions in Parliament, Lynn will continue to offer support to individuals, businesses and industry groups who are striving to stop this mine from going ahead.

Local landowners, business owners and residents have set up the No COALition group to fight this proposed mine. To go to their website, please click here.

Contacts and resources

No COALition website

Brent Watson at No COALition! Margaret River

Margaret River Wine Growers Industry Association

Margaret River Regional Producers Association

Christine Milne speaks in the Senate on coal seam gas, fracking, new coal mining and the National Party