The Tasmanian minister for resources Paul Harriss has granted a mining lease for Venture Minerals, quashing objections from environmentalists.
The lease is for development of an open-cut tin and tungsten mine at Mount Lindsay, in the Tarkine region.
Save The Tarkine spokesman Scott Jordan said that without sufficient information about the environmental impacts of the mine, the minister’s grant was unlawful and should not have been passed.
“If the company hasn't provided those details already as per their ASX statement then the Minister has clearly acted outside of the Mineral Resources Development Act and this lease approval is in fact unlawful,” he said.
“The Minister needs to immediately revoke this unlawful lease and he needs to go back and follow that process.”
Harriss said that the Liberal Government would not apologise for granting the lease, and that the appication had been thoroughly assessed by the Minerals Resources Tasmania according to relevant legislation.
Venture managing director Hamish Halliday said in an announcement to the ASX the company was pleased with the lease grant and begin work on advancing documents for obtaining state and commonwealth environmental approvals.
“In addition to advancing regulatiory requirements the Company continues to evaluate the extensive exploration potential surrounding Mt Lindsay,” Halliday said.
“Venture has used cost effective exploration techniques to target prospects close to Mt Lindsay that have the potential to deliver high grade mineralisation and add to the already extensive reserve base at Mt Lindsay.”
Venture Minerals recently ended trading halt after a legal battle with Save The Tarkine was found in the miner’s favour.
Plans for the Riley Creek mine near Tullah was opposed by the environmental group, efforts characterised as “frivolous” by Justice Richard Tracey, who declared the environmental group had “failed to make good any of its grounds”, and should pay costs to the Commonwealth and Venture Minerals.