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#1 Jul 27, 2013
Environmental group fears Federal Minister missed Tarkine's full view
The Tasmanian Greens leader believes the Federal Environment Minister has to reject a planned open cut mine in the Tarkine region.
Mark Butler is weighing up the arguments for and against Shree Minerals' proposed iron ore mine.
He is reassessing the $20 million project after the Federal Court ruled its original approval did not take into account its impact on the endangered Tasmanian devil.
The Greens Leader Nick McKim says the Minister has advice suggesting the mine is likely to spread the devil facial tumour disease.
"The Minister now has no other option other than to reject the approval for this mine," he said.
Mr Butler flew over the region on a visit to the Braddon electorate on Wednesday.
An environmental group is worried the new Environment Minister left the state with a skewed picture of the stalled proposal.
Save The Tarkine's Bob Brown says the flight over the planned mine site will not give him enough of a feel for the proposal.
"It's disappointing that the Minister for the Environment didn't have time to actually get into the Tarkine and see why it is so important," the former Greens leader said.
"I think he needs to before he can make an adequate decision on the place and certainly an open-cut mine that could swallow up the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an invasive impact."
The Tasmanian Opposition is calling on the minister to do whatever he can to quickly secure the future of the $20 million project.
Mr Butler says interested parties will have 10 days to respond to his draft decision, due this week.
The State Opposition's Peter Gutwein says he hopes the Minister will ensure jobs and investment flow to the region as quickly as possible.
"This is a very important project for the north-west, it's a very important project for Tasmania and it's important that this minister acts with diligence but also due haste and gets this up and running as quickly as possible."
#2 Jul 27, 2013
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