Drone footage from Sunday 13th September, supplied to the Bob Brown Foundation, has failed to locate Venture Minerals' personnel, equipment or machinery at the Riley Creek proposed mine site in takayna/Tarkine. A card left in the gate indicates not even maintenance contractors could find them.
"Following last weeks denials by Venture Minerals CEO Andrew Radonjic that machinery and personnel had abandoned the site following the completion of the company's $6.5million capital raising, I'd say Mr Radonjic has some explaining to do", said Bob Brown Foundation takayna /Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"Perhaps Minister Ley knows their whereabouts? If not, perhaps she could organise a search party given the extraordinary lengths she has already gone to protect this prospective miner above the much needed protection for the Tasmanian Devil and Spotted tailed Quoll threatened by this mine in the southern takayna /Tarkine.
The footage shows evidence of mined and screened material from activity that occurred between 20th August and 7th September 2020, during the capital raising period.