Media Release: Venture Minerals ramps up assault on takayna with third mine.

Venture Minerals has announced their third mine attack on Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine. Rehashing a failed proposal for its Livingstone open cut iron ore mine in the rainforest clad Stanley River valley.

Threatened by this mining assault are the verified National and World Heritage Values of takayna.

“The Stanley River valley is prime hunting ground for Wedge-tailed eagle, Tasmanian devil, and Spotted tailed Quoll. It is also part of the Meredith Range Regional Reserve. An area most Tasmanians assumed was protected from the sort of destruction that Venture Minerals intends.” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

Venture Minerals first referred this mine to the Federal government in 2011, it was withdrawn last year following ten years of inactivity. The company’s only mine, the Riley Creek iron ore mine also failed last year, closing the gates just months after entering production.

“This company has spent the last ten years wreaking destruction on the wilderness of takayna with Riley creek mine and drilling at Mt Lindsay. The Tasmanian people have absolutely nothing to show for it. They have drilled and roaded away countless hectares of some of the best rainforest in the world at Mount Lindsay and the Wilson River valley, and have left a maze-like scar of roading and drill pads across the open heathlands of the Stanley River valley.”

“As she should with Mount Lindsay, Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley should reject the Livingstone proposal as clearly unacceptable, and revisit the Australian Heritage Council’s recommendation to place takayna / Tarkine on the National Heritage List."

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-03-08 08:38:09 +1100