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Del Park

Located near Dwellingup, Del Park opened in 1972 - just nine years after the opening of Alcoa’s first bauxite mine at Jarrahdale and was named after two roads that traversed the area; Del Park Road East and Del Park Road West.
 
Del Park was Alcoa’s second bauxite mine in Western Australia, but certainly not a carbon copy of the first. With technological advances moving rapidly, new crushers, loaders, trucks and conveyors serviced the southern mine.
 
The most obvious difference was the transport system; at Jarrahdale, bauxite was transported by rail to the Kwinana refinery, while new conveyor technology was implemented between Del Park and Pinjarra refinery. The second big innovation was a mobile, walking crusher – the first walking crusher used in the southern hemisphere.
 
Rehabilitation had also moved forward since Jarrahdale, and although state of the art for the day, it is a far cry from today’s standards. Trees were planted in straight rows, four metres apart, with just one species in each pit and no understorey species were sown until 1977.
 
During the 20 years of its operation the mine produced 54, 500, 000 tonnes of bauxite. Over the first four years Del Park was the sole supplier to the Pinjarra refinery; the opening of the Huntly mine in 1976 removed some of the pressure giving more flexibility to the operation.
 
In 1987, a project was set up to combine the people from the Del Park and Huntly Mines following the closure of Del Park. This project was known as Huntly North. The first transfers of Del Park employees to the Huntly Mine occurred in the later half of 1987. Once the merge was complete in 1990, the newly consolidated Huntly Mine (now with two crushers) was the sole supplier of bauxite to the Pinjarra refinery.
 

Del Park

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Del Park Road bridge and Conveyor bridge construction, 14 August 1975

Del Park

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Tail end of Del Park Conveyor 20th January 1975