Farmers forced to remove mine protest signs

West Australian farmers have been told to remove signs protesting Gindablie Metals Karara iron ore project.

This comes as they protest the miner’s application for a water licence, which will see it draw five gigalitres of water from an aquifer at Mingenew, the ABC reports.

Local farmers have installed signs on their land protesting the application, which they claim with wreak havoc on the local water levels.

However, Mingenew shire president Michelle Bagley said the protest signs contravene the local planning act.

“It’s not anything to do with an insult to the company, it’s just on the Town Planning Act, that they aren’t allowed to have those signs stating advertising or any sort of opinion that close to the road,” Bagley said.

"Even though they are on private property, they are still contravening the Town Planning Act.” One of the locals, Peter Horward believes he has not done anything wrong.

“We are in a democratic country, as long as I’m not saying anything slanderous I believe in this country under our constitution we have the right to free speech and if this is the case we most probably are not living in a democratic country and we don’t have the right to free speech.”

Gindalbie Metals recently announced the appointment of a new CEO, Tim Netscher, who started early last month.

He replaced Garrett Dixon, who oversaw the development of Gindalbie’s Karara iron ore project in Western Australia to the point where it was able to ship DSO hematite in March and magnetite by 2012.

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