International industrial corporation K+S wants to build a giant saltworks – the size of nearly 12’000 MCG footy ovals – on the eastern side of Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo, over an undeveloped, nationally listed wetland. The company is seeking environmental approval to build its project.
The project would involve the construction of massive, artificial salt ponds with levee walls dozens of kilometres long; six-storey salt stockpiles; conveyors, desalination plant, fuel storage, and other infrastructure; the risk of discharge of toxic hypersaline water into the rich marine environment; and barge-loading via a new 660m jetty (with dredging) and loading structures.
An industrial development of this massive scale poses unacceptable risks to the sensitive environment here, which supports many threatened species including critically endangered sawfish and shovelnose rays, as well as turtles, dugongs, and migratory shorebirds.
If you want to protect the unique and globally significant environment of Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo, and take a clear stand against its industrialisation, please join us in opposing this project.
Add your name to send an email to the WA Minister for Environment expressing your strong opposition to the K+S saltworks project at Exmouth Gulf.
This action is a collaboration between Protect Ningaloo, and the Australian Marine Conservation Society
Header image credit: Andre Rerekura.