In scenes reminiscent of the famous Maxwell Smart routine, Venture Minerals have issued their fourth version of why the Riley Creek mine in takayna / Tarkine was abandoned in early September.
Having led with denying removal of machines from a Tarkine mine site, Venture shifted to professing that they were moving machines to optimise an efficient layout. Then last week they re-explained the lack of machinery on site as them having finished that planned part of the operation (despite having trucked none of the screened ore to port), and then at today's shareholder meeting in Perth, the company claimed machines were removed because some of them broke down.
"Venture Minerals are going to have to start adding 'Well would you believe...' to the beginning of their statements", said takayna/ Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"At least Maxwell Smart got to the punchline by the third version. Venture are sitting on their fourth contradiction and it's still not funny".
"Environment Minister Ley should take note that this company seems unable to tell the truth to its investors, the regulators or the public. They cannot be allowed to resume unlawful activity on the site in the face of expired permits".
Mining at Riley Creek will have an impact on Tasmanian Devil and Spotted-tailed Quoll in an area of verified National and World Heritage significance.