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The chances of a Chinese mining company exploring for gold and other minerals in Perth’s eastern suburbs are slim, according to WA mines minister Norman Moore.
HD Mining and Investment, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology, has applied for an exploration licence over 150sqkm of Perth.
Two national parks, the Swan River, Perth airport, and dozens of eastern suburbs fall under the proposed area.
According to WAtoday Moore said while the company had a right to apply for the licence it was unlikely to gain Government approval.
“Unless this company has prospects of finding a resource worth trillions of dollars I’d say they’ve got Buckley’s [chance] of getting an approval,” he said.
Moore said the application was “very likely to lead to many objections and would require the most stringent assessment”.
According to The West Australian a spokesperson for HD Mining said the application had been lodged after historical data suggested gold deposits may lie under eastern parts of the city
Shandong is also providing financial support to Perth-based junior Bauxite Resources, which has a mining proposal north of Perth at Bindoon.
The project has previously come under criticism from locals over its potential impact on the environment and water.