FEDERAL COURT SETS ASIDE SHREE MINERALS MINE APPROVALS
Save the Tarkine scored a massive victory in the Federal Court after Justice Marshall ruled the approval of the Nelson Bay River mine invalid. Former Minister Tony Burke had failed to consider the Approved Conservation Advice for the Tasmanian devil as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The Minister and the company have 21 days to appeal.
FEDERAL COURT GRANTS INJUNCTION AGAINST SHREE MINERALS MINE
Justice Marshall in the Federal Court has granted a temporary injunction order to immediately stop construction at the proposed Nelson Bay River iron ore mine in the Tarkine.
Proponent Shree Minerals had confirmed that it had commenced work, despite the Federal Court case challenging the legality of the Federal Environment Minister’s approval for the project.
The injunction application will continue to be heard again on 21st May, with the case being heard from 10-13th September.
BOB BROWN JOINS THE REBRANDED SAVE THE TARKINE
Two exciting new announcements by Tarkine National Coalition today.
First, we unveiled our new branding and from today we will be campaigning as Save the Tarkine.
And second, we have held a press conference to announce that Dr Bob Brown has accepted our invitation to become the first Patron of the Save the Tarkine campaign.
We are thrilled to have Bob join the Save the Tarkine team.
LEGAL CHALLENGE TO MINE APPROVAL
Save the Tarkine (Tarkine National Coalition) has lodged a case in the Federal Court seeking a Judicial Review of Minister Burke’s decision to grant environmental approval to Shree Minerals proposed mine in the Tarkine.
Save the Tarkine believes that the Minister has erred in law, and is challenging the decision to approve the mine despite known impacts on the Tasmanian devil, a Commonwealth listed endangered species.
“We will argue that Minister Burke has not acted in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, and as such the approvals granted are invalid”, said Save the Tarkine’s Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan.
“This mine should not have received approval, and we are asking the court to rule against it.”.
BURKE FAILS TARKINE
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has ignored the recommendations of the Australian Heritage Council and listed a paltry 4% of the 433,000 hectares recommended. This is a massive betrayal of his obligations as the chief protector of Australia’s environment and a gift to the mining corporations who seek to turn the Tarkine into a series of strip mines. This is outrageous and Tony Burke needs to hear just how angry the Australian public is. Tell him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter on @Tony_Burke
And rest assured, the campaign continues!
Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Tarkine National Coalition.