Federal approval for second mine in Tasmania’s Tarkine region

4 August, 2013 Uncategorized0

Federal approval for second mine in Tasmania’s Tarkine region

ABCAugust 5, 2013, 9:11 am

Federal approval has been given for another iron ore mine in Tasmania’s Tarkine region.

Venture Minerals’ Riley Creek mine gained state approval in May and now has been given the go ahead by Federal Environment Minister Mark Butler.

The west coast mine will operate for two years.

Venture wants to build it to help finance the company’s flagship Mount Lindsay tin and tungsten project nearby.

Mining has been a key focus in the Braddon electorate in recent months as workers deal with a downturn in the forestry sector and high unemployment rates.

Shree Minerals’ open cut iron more mine gained a second federal approval last week after the first one was successfully challenged by environmentalists.

That action was brought by the Tarkine National Coalition which is also challenging Venture’s Riley Creek mine in the state planning appeals tribunal.

The group is arguing the Environmental Protection Authority did not fully consider the mine’s impact on rare plants and the endangered Tasmanian devil.

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