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Save the Tarkine Decision Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 26 August 2016

Tags: takayna / Tarkine, Environment, Justice, Mining, Forests, Supreme Court

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens commend the Full Court of the Supreme Court on its unanimous decision to dismiss the Liberal Government's appeal, and order to the Minister to provide a statement of reasons for the decision to grant mining leases for the Mt Lindsay and Livingstone projects.

We offer our warmest congratulations to Save the Tarkine and the Environmental Defenders Office, who have both fought for the information against the odds.

Tasmania is fortunate to have such a fair judicial system that allows environmental and community groups to raise concerns through the court system.

The Tarkine is a globally unique wilderness, recognised for its beauty, biodiversity, ecological, social and economic value.

The Greens look forward to seeing what the Statement of Reasons reveal as to why those values were apparently ignored to allow mining in this globally important wilderness. 

We also congratulate the Supreme Court for awarding costs to Save the Tarkine. Justice has prevailed and the State Government will finally have to give the EDO some funding - albeit reluctantly - to continue its vital work representing community groups and protecting Tasmania's wild places.