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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

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Foreign-Owned Gold Mine Threatens Kalamunda Forest

HILLS’ residents this week demanded Western Power explain the connection between a foreign-owned gold mine and the proposed eastern terminal substation in Kalamunda forest.  

Long term hills’ resident, geologist and climate change specialist Mr Gary Warden said government documents show the foreign-owned Boddington gold mine is to contribute $57.8 million to the project.  

“Western Power has acknowledged the payment made by the North American and South African owners of Boddington Gold Mine is the main reason its eastern terminal substation is to be built,” said Mr Warden. 

Mr Warden said the eastern terminal substation project had previously been shelved due to high cost, yet the Boddington subsidy now made it Western Power’s preferred option over more environmentally sound ones. 

“People will be horrified to learn that up to 400 hectares of state forest is to be destroyed due to an arrangement between Western Power and Boddington Gold Mine.

“The agreement will provide Boddington Gold Mine with access to cheap electricity and Western Power with an excuse to proceed with a contentious and environmentally destructive project,” he said. 

Mr Warden said the electricity to be consumed by the gold mine will originate from coal-fired power plants near Collie. 

He said it is ironic we are being asked to conserve power while the state government endorses a power-intensive gold mine that will have access to cheap coal-fired power as a result of a project that threatens the state’s unique and fragile forest. 

“What makes people angry is the government asks us to reduce our electricity consumption and to be more environmentally responsible – yet they make all of our efforts worthless by doing exactly the opposite with some of the largest infrastructure projects,” he said. 

Concerned residents can find out more by going to http://www.wardoffclimatechange.org.au



[1]  http://www.bgm.com.au/one/index.asp owned by Newmont (Denver, Colorado, USA) and AngloGold Ashanti (South African)
[2] http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/web/newwebparl.nsf/iframewebpages/Legislative+Council+-+Parliamentary+Questions 27 June 2006, Questions without notice, Boddington Gold Mine – Mr Paul Llewellyn
[3] http://www.stopeasternterminal.org.au/page/History-of-Hacketts-Gully-and-Western-Power.aspx This is the complete history of Hackett’s Gully.  The project was shelved in 2002.
[4] http://www.wpcorp.com.au/documents/currentProjects/collieEasternTermina/Invite.pdf , Page 3 lists the Options that Western Power had to choose from.  The building of South Eastern Terminal won’t affect any State Forest or National Parks areas.  Demand Side Management, is a programme that can encourage the public to use less power. 
[6] http://www.wpcorp.com.au/documents/currentProjects/collieEasternTermina/DueDiligenceReviewWPStudies.pdf  Page 13, Section 3.4; Boddington Gold Mine will be the largest electricity consumer (load user) on the grid.