Great Southern Lime has been granted a clearing permit that will allow the mining operation to establish a stockpile at a more accessible location at its Nullaki base. The approval from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to clear 2.87ha of native vegetation was confirmed on Friday. It comes less than a month after the City of Albany council endorsed changes to the conditions of the limestone mining operation so that it could establish a stockpile in an area more accessible to third-party vehicles. The clearing will also allow for an associated onsite truck turning area to be established. A report prepared as part of DWER’s assessment cites the condition of vegetation at the proposed stockpile as good to very good, but indicated work could be managed in a way that would “be unlikely to lead to an unacceptable risk to environmental values”. The permit allows the clearing of vegetation to start from January 30, pending the outcome of a three-week appeal period.