A farmer in Mole Creek has closed his gates to mining companies who want to carry out mineral exploration or operations on his 486 ha property.
According to The Advocate, a helicopter performing surveys for mining exploration flew over the farmer’s land last week.
“The farmer contacted the Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN) which recently joined the national Lock the Gate Alliance, which campaigns against inappropriate mining in Australia,” TPEHN’s Isla MacGregor said.
“TPEHN will be contacting the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and all members of Parliament to begin discussions about this most important issue for public health in rural communities and the ongoing viability of the agricultural sector in Tasmania, she said.
The state’s political parties and agricultural industry are being asked to back a campaign to protect farms from mining companies.
TPEHN recently united with the national Lock the Gate Alliance in a campaign against inappropriate mining.
Macgregor said the state government, the opposition and the Farmers and Graziers Association need to make their stance on the debate clear, the ABC reported.
“The Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network does have a particular interest in the public and environmental aspects of mining in Tasmania across the state and we’re very concerned about a number of mining proposals in Tasmania on farmland,” she said.