Bob Brown Foundation has described news that Venture Minerals has once again shelved its Riley Creek strip mine in takayna as bittersweet, pointing out that the company should never have been allowed to gamble with Tasmania’s outstanding wild places.
"There will be a lot of egg on faces today. Analysts, economists and environmentalists all warned that this was a high risk mine with every likelihood of yet another failure, and today we have seen Venture shove some cash in their pocket and disappear into the sunset with all their promises, leaving us with another post-mine wasteland," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"Tasmania’s Mining Minister Guy Barnett, Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, and the Director of the EPA have been the getaway drivers, playing roles in removing safeguard approval conditions that have allowed Venture to transport ore to port. Each of them should act immediately to suspend Venture's mine leases, seize assets and limit the public exposure to this collapse,” Scott Jordan said.
“Venture Minerals are still proposing to target a rainforest reserve in takayna with their much bigger mine at Mt Lindsay. If allowed to proceed, this mine would annihilate a significant tract of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests,” Scott Jordan said.
"Tasmanians have opposed this mine since it was first floated. The public stood up where the government failed. We thank all the Tasmanians who have stood up against this travesty,” Scott Jordan said.