January 30, 2004 -Robin Chapple, MLC, Mining and Pastoral, commenting on the leaked report, said that it was important the Government get on and deal with findings of the Review of Environmental and Public Safety Impacts of Mining in the Kalgoorlie Area Report within this term of Government.

'Mr Cooke makes 25 recommendations from his report. It is my hope that the Government will now act,' said Mr Chapple.

'I commend Tony Cooke (the reviewer) for his honesty. Conceding he erred in judgment over the length of time it would take in the completion of this complex matter. Mr Cooke acknowledged that 52 days was just not long enough' said Mr Chapple.

'I wrote to the Minister last year expressing my concerns and requested that more time be allocated for this report to be completed. If the Government were seeking a full and thorough investigation then the time frame was just not adequate.' said Mr Chapple.

' I endorse Mr Cooke's findings in relation to the Tailing Dams and concur that in the absence of an agreement a stop work order should be placed on the operation of the Fimiston 1 and Fimiston II TSF's.' said Mr Chapple.

'The Government must take responsibility, stated Mr Chapple. This report concludes that had the Mitchell-McCotter findings been given greater credence many of the concerns would have been resolved.

'These matters have gone on for well over 7 years now, with questions being asked in the early days by Hon Jim Scott, Hon Giz Watson, Hon Tom Helm and then myself, on behalf of the people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder' said Mr Chapple. 'These matters are long overdue and all the hard work by those residents/people concerned will hopefully now come to fruition', stated Mr Chapple.

'I ask that the Government, and those who gave me a commitment that they would resolve the issue, do so now' stated Mr Chapple.

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