Protestors fight to halt mining in Tarkine

Protests continue in Tasmania’s Tarkine region, as environmentalists campaign to stop the development of new mines.

The Tarkine National Coalition and Groundswell Tasmania conducted a protest over the weekend against Venture Minerals plans for a new mine at Mount Lindsay.

The Advocate reported protestors entered the site and unfurled a banner which read: “Stop the MisadVenture – No new mines in the Tarkine!”

"We are sending a message to Venture Minerals that they can take no comfort to be had in Minister Burke’s failures to protect the Tarkine”, Tarkine National Coalition’s campaign coordinator Scott Jordan said.

“We are putting Venture’s investors and financiers on notice that we will be here at every step to ensure that this mine does not go ahead.”

Venture Minerals’ are waiting on the green light for a $200 million tin mine in the region, creating 1000 jobs.

Braddon Liberal MP Adam Brooks lashed out at the protestors, claiming they could potentially damage the state’s economy.

"These groups are shameless and will not be happy until the state’s economy has been damaged beyond repair,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Shree Minerals Limited seems unaffected by a Federal Court case lodged against their plans to develop a new iron ore mine.

The Tarkine National Coalition lodged the case in the Federal Court last week, seeking a review on Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke’s decision approving the mine.

Campaign co-ordinator Scott Jordan said Burke approved the mine without knowing the impacts it could have on the endangered Tasmanian devil.

"We will argue that Minister Burke has not acted in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, and as such the approvals granted are invalid," Jordan said.

"This mine should not have received approval, and we are asking the court to rule against it. “

However, Tasmanian Minerals Council CEO Terry Long said: "Investors are rational people,” stating that he did not expect the company’s share prices to drop on the back of the legal threat.

"You would not expect their investment decisions to be moved by the actions of a fringe group, when mainstream society through due process has sanctioned the project."

Debate erupted over the application for mining developments in the region last year, with Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke rejecting a National Heritage listing for the area.

Debate continues to rages between environmental groups who want mining developments halted and companies and potential employees who say opening up the Tarkine region to mining is crucial in the future economic prosperity of Tasmania.

Earlier this year, Tasmania’s Premier Lara Giddings said three new mining projects were expected in the region following Burke’s rejection of the National Heritage listing.

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