Victoria MP backs anti-mining

Liberal Party Member for Bass Ken Smith is backing a push from his local council to stop all coal and gas exploration in the region.

According to ABC News the Bass Coast Shire Council is asking the State Government to enact a mining exemption over the region.

The council said it feared an industry expansion would pose unacceptable risks to its agriculture and tourism sectors.

The exact argument and evidence being used to support this move is currently unclear.

Smith told ABC News he supported the region’s anti-mining move and the region was primarily for agricultural use.

"We’ve got a farming community down here and the last thing that we need to have now is people exploring the countryside from the shoreline up into the hills looking to dig the place up," he said.

"We don’t want it, we don’t need it."

Leichardt Resources is currently seeking permission to explore the Bass Coast region for coal and coal seam gas.

The move follows news the Victorian Government is looking at a new strategy to develop the state’s brown coal reserves.

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries says there’s around 430 billion tonnes of coal in VIC, which makes the state a holder of a significant portion of the world’s brown coal reserves.

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