Tasmania Deputy Premier Bryan Green has thrown his weight behind a pro-mining rally to be held in the state's west next month, and says the gathering will show Tasmania is “open for business”.
In Question Time yesterday Green urged locals to show their support at the rally at Tullah on May 25.
The township is located near Venture Minerals' proposed Livingstone and Riley Creek mines, which the State Government has recently approved, and Green said the developments would help boost the economy.
“The benefits to the West Coast and broader Tasmanian economy will be enormous,” he said.
“The Riley mine will triple bulk mineral exports through the Burnie port and pour tens of millions of dollars into the Tasmanian economy.”
The rally is being organised by the Australian Workers' Union and the Tullah Progress Association, with support from West Coast Mayor Darly Gerrity.
Liberal mining spokesperson Adam Brooks also plans to attend the gathering.
While Tasmania continues to post some of the worst economic performance in the nation, mining in the state remains a contested topic, with environmentalists opposing development efforts by Venture Minerals.
Last weekend protests continued in opposition to Venture's activities, and conservationists say the company's plans to develop part of the Tarkine will put the environmentally sensitive region at risk.