Forrest loses fight against mining exploration on his farmland

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has lost the latest round of his fight against mining exploration on his Pilbara cattle station.

His is attempting to fight Onslow Resources’ exploration for sand mining at his station Minderoo.

Onslow is attempting to mine along the Ashburton River.

Minderoo is a Forrest family property established in 1878 by his great, great uncle, Sir John Forrest, who was also the first premier of Western Australia, and his brothers Alexander and David.

Forrest previously worked as a jackaroo on the property, it was sold in 1998 to pay off debts but he subsequently bought it back in 2009 for a reported $12million.

Since this time he has fought off more than six applications for mining on the property.

Forrest has previously gone head to head with fellow WA mining magnate Tony Sage, who was attempting to explore for uranium at the station.

Legal proceedings for the most recent bid have been ongoing for more than three years.

Forrest lost his most recent bid against exploration last month, according to The West.

He attempted to argue that mining would negatively affect pastoral work and revenue at the station, adding that it would have a detrimental effect on the environment.

However his submission was rejected, with the court recommending mines and petroleum minister Bill Marmion grant the exploration lease to Onslow.

A spokesperson for Forrest labelled the decision ‘disappointing’.

Forrest has six months in which to appeal the decision.

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