with, an environment associated
with a watercourse or wetland.
No major watercourse or wetlands are
present in the areas surveyed.
cause appreciable land
Considered to be unlikely.
The clearing of the vegetation is
environmental values of any
adjacent or nearby conservation
TEC itself, the nearest conservation area
is the proposed Bowgada Nature
Reserve, which is approximately 15 km
from the project area.
likely to cause deterioration in the
quality of surface or underground
considered unlikely that vegetation
clearing will affect the quality of surface
water. The impact of clearing on
underground water was beyond the scope
of this assessment.
likely to cause, or exacerbate, the
incidence or intensity of flooding.
Considered unlikely due to the small area
proposed for clearing and the fact that no
major drainage lines occur in the area.
The clearing of these drill pads would not
exacerbate the incidence or intensity of
flooding compared with the scale of the
natural flooding events that can occur in
During the current survey three proposed
drill pads and associated track (0.26 ha)
were assessed. Thirty three taxa from 21
families were recorded. During a survey
in February 2007 ecologia recorded 130
taxa from approximately 18 ha surveyed
over five proposed exploration areas.
DEC recorded 414 taxa from
species count from the current survey
reflects the small area surveyed.
or is necessary for the maintenance
of, a significant habitat for fauna
indigenous to Western Australia.
Fauna habitats were not assessed;
however, the botanists generally look for
any fauna of interest while carrying out
surveys. No fauna of interest were noted
during the survey. The survey area
occurs within sparse wattle shrubland
dominated by Acacia acuminata or
shrubland dominated by Eucalyptus or
(1976). These vegetation types are well
represented in the Yalgoo region.
continued existence of, rare flora.
The location where the Priority 3 taxon
was recorded is not
However, Midwest will avoid impact to this
The collection of Baeckea sp. Mt Gibson
the Blue Hills area is significant, as there
are only two records for this species at
the Western Australian Herbarium.
taxonomic study as it is yet to be
described and is likely to be listed as a
priority taxon in the future (pers. comm. P.
Jobson and M. E. Trudgen, 08/08/08).
Midwest will avoid impact to this taxon.
It comprises the whole or a part of,
of, a threatened ecological
No threatened ecological communities are
present in the Blue Hills area. The
Koolanooka Hills TEC is approximately
55 km to the east of Blue Hills and will not
be impacted by the vegetation clearing at
native vegetation in an area that
has been extensively cleared.
The old iron ore mining pits, waste rock
dumps, haul roads and current tracks and
drill pads are areas where vegetation has
been cleared. Past exploration activities
have occurred at the currently proposed
exploration area and old tracks and drill
lines are being used for access to these
areas wherever possible. Proposed new
tracks have been located with care and
drill pad size will be kept to a minium. All
of the above should result in little land
proposed Lochada Nature Reserve which
is approximately 8 km from the project
area and therefore considered unlikely to
be impacted by the vegetation clearing.
affect the quality of surface water. An
ephemeral drainage line was located in
the vicinity of drill pad MEWB02 but it is
not anticipated that this will be impacted
during the planned exploration
programme. The impact of clearing on
underground water was beyond the scope
of this botanical assessment.
This is considered unlikely due to the
small area proposed for clearing.
It is recommended that Midwest implements the following strategies:
Impact to the two Priority taxa and the species of interest located during the survey
raised blade procedures should be used wherever possible.
Avoid and go-round practices should be adopted whenever possible i.e. go around
To avoid the introduction and spread of weed species, Midwest should adhere to
The Koolanooka / Blue Hills flora survey described in this document was planned,
coordinated and executed by:
Licences - “Licence to take flora for scientific purposes”
This survey was conducted under the authorisation of the following licences issued by the
Department of Environment and Conservation:
ATA Environmental (2004a). Notice Of Intent, Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) Project
Koolanooka Iron Ore Mine. Unpublished Report for MidWest Corporation.
ATA Environmental (2004b). Vegetation and Flora Assessment Koolanooka. Report No.
2004/23. Prepared for Midwest Corporation.
Atkins, K.J. (2008). Declared Rare and Priority Flora List, Department of Conservation and
Aussie Heritage (2007). Jilbadji Nature Reserve, Forrestania - Southern Cross Rd, Barker
0Loch/JilbadjiNatureReserve/20680 [accessed 22/01/08].
Australian Government (2007). Australian Natural Resources Atlas: Biodiversity
Bamford Consulting Ecologists (2004). Blue Hills Fauna Assessment, prepared for ATA
Beard, J. S. (1976). Vegetation Survey of Western Australia, Murchison 1:1000000
Vegetation Series Explanatory Notes to Sheet 6, The Vegetation of the Murchison
Region. University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands.
Beecham, B. (2001). Avon Wheatbelt (AW1 – Ancient Drainage subregion) Department of
Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia.
DEC (2006). Interim Protocol for Flora Surveys on Banded Ironstone Formations (BIF) of
the Yilgarn Craton. Department of Environment and Conservation.
DoIR (2006). Botanical Survey Guidelines for Mining Based Impacts to Banded Ironstone
Formations of the Yilgarn Craton. Department of Industry and Resources.
Desmond, A. & Chant, A. (2001). Yalgoo (Yal) Department of Conservation and Land
Management, Western Australia.
aUnpublished report for Midwest Corporation Limited, April 2007.
Declared Rare and Priority Flora Survey. Unpublished report for Sinosteel Midwest,
Environmental Protection Authority (2006). The State of the Environment report Western
Australia draft. Government of Western Australia Available:
http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/ [22 March 2007]
Meissner, R. & Caruso, Y. (2006). Flora and vegetation of banded ironstone formations of
the Yilgarn Craton: Koolanooka and Perenjori Hills. Department of Environment and
Conservation, Western Australia.
Natural Resource Management (2007). Avon - Natural Resource Management region.
[on-line] Available: http://www.nrm.gov.au/nrm/wa-avon.html [accessed 22/01/08].
Rockwater Pty Ltd (2004). Assessment of Groundwater Supplies for proposed Mining of
Shepherd, K. A., Rye, B. L., Meissner, R. A. and West, J. G. (2007). Two new Western
Australian species of Dodonaea (Sapindaceae) from northern Yilgarn ironstones.
Nuytsia 17: 375–384.
Western Australian Herbarium (2008). Florabase Website [online] available:
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/ [accessed 08/08/08].
Wildlife Conservation (Rare Flora) Notice 2008 (2008). Western Australian Government Gazette, pp
185-191, retrieved 8
August 2008 from:
Woodman Environmental Consulting (2006a). Gindalbie Gold N.L. and Midwest
Woodman Environmental Consulting (2006b). Gindalbie Metals Ltd.: Flora and Vegetation
of the Karara - Mungada Project Survey Area.
Appendix A: Proposed Drill Pad and Track Co-ordinates
Datum WGS84/GDA94 with an average of +/- 5.2 m error
10 424043 6769016
11 424065 6769016
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24 424280 6769160
25 424293 6769176
26 424309 6769185
27 424354 6769192
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Chenopodiaceae Chenopodium curvispicatum