Despite being caught illegally dumping waste in the northern Flinders Ranges in 2008, Marathon Resources is getting a new mining license for Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.
The company has agreed to conditions imposed by the South Australian Government for it to continue exploring the outback region.
Marathon is exploring for uranium and other minerals in the area and has also proposed a one for 10 renounceable rights issue.
Current South Australian Mining Minister Paul Holloway is quitting the front bench and the Greens said they will lobby the next South Australian Mining Minister to protect the Arkaroola wilderness.
Following the news of the renewed exploration license, about 40 people gathered outside Adelaide’s Parliament House on Monday to protest.
Greens MP Mark Parnell said he wanted to make the new minister aware how important Arkoola was.
“One of the first phone calls the new minister will get will be from me and it will be on behalf of those thousands of South Australians who know that Arkaroola is just to precious to mine,” he said.
“The feeling isn’t just from conservation groups. There are senior academics in geology and even got people on the conservative side of politics who all agree that Arkaroola is too important to mine.’