The Hodgman government must guarantee that Venture Minerals will be required to fully rehabilitate its Riley Creek iron ore site in the North West, following the company’s decision to suspend its mining operations on-site, Greens Leader and Mining spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.
“This is the second dodgy mining proposal, following Shree Minerals last month, to abandon works and scarper, but only after serious disturbance and scars have been inflicted on the Tarkine site,” Mr Booth said.
“The Greens are calling on the Minister to ensure that Venture Minerals are held to account and that disturbance of their lease site, including any potential acid mine contamination potential, is remediated as a priority.”
“Tasmanians shouldn’t buy the pitiful excuse that somehow pending legal action by community organisations is to blame for Venture’s predictable behaviour, when it has been clear all along that global economic and market conditions make plundering these areas in the Tarkine unviable.”
“The fact is, as people have made themselves hoarse trying to warn, these dodgy hit and run operations are only interested in, and capable of, mining investors’ bank accounts, not minerals.”
“The examples of Shree Minerals and Venture Minerals running after they’ve trashed swathes of land within our internationally acclaimed Tarkine, should be a wake-up call to both the Liberal and Labor parties.”
“The Greens acknowledge there is a place in our economy for mining in appropriate locations, but the message must now be getting through that the Tarkine region is not one of those.”
“We need to focus on real diversification of our regional economies, instead of continually falling prey to investor-pocket miners who fly in, peddle false hope to local communities and then leave Tasmanians to pay the cost of environmental damage and lost tourism opportunities,” Mr Booth said.