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Lesmurdie Senior High School
Reid Road, Lesmurdie
Western Australia 6076
Principal Kerry Chipchase
Year 12 Geography students headed off to the ALCOA mine site operations to study the mining and rehabilitation processes as part of their studies of the environment. The focus was on the impact the company makes to the natural environment and how they try to mitigate the damage and changes to the environment.
It’s a long drive down to Pinjarra but the traffic was minimal and we made it in good time. We were even able to start the tour a bit early. The inclement weather over the past few days meant that ALCOA had closed access to their active mine faces to public vehicles such as our bus, as the roads were simply too muddy and slippery for safety. This meant that we couldn’t do every activity in our excursion booklet but the ALCOA tour guides did their best to work around the problem and find alternatives.
We visited their operations centre and main control room which co ordinates the entire mining operations and then went to see some inactive mine faces where the roads were in a slightly better condition. It still meant some major weaving around potholes and muddy bits though! After this we looked at where ALCOA is replanting and rehabilitating closed mine faces and actively replacing the Jarrah forest to the point where it is almost indistinguishable from native forest areas. We were able to get off the bus and walk around these areas but typically, this was the ‘only’ time in the whole day that it rained so we had to cut this walk short after only 5 minutes or so. We looked great in all our ALCOA high-vis safety gear though!
Since the excursion tour had been cut short we finished a little earlier than intended. It was decided that since we had the time, we could now pop into the renowned Pinjarra Bakery for lunch! This brought an end to the excursion and so after eating we started the long trip home again arriving back at school around 2.30pm, tired but happy with a productive day.
Humanities and Social Science – Geography