As mother of one of the poisoned Residents of Rosebery, I would like to personally thank Premier Bartlett for his commendable action. It is unfortunate he did not have time to visit sludge flooded properties and poisoned residents located close by the mines and who are still suffering. Guess who wont be getting my vote in the next election

David Bartlett, MP Premier, Tuesday, 28 July 2009

$26.6 million Mining investment at Rosebery

Premier David Bartlett has greeted a significant investment by the Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) to their mining operation at Rosebery, as a welcome sign of confidence in the West Coast economy.

“Today is about job creating investment and confidence in the West Coast.

“I am very pleased that MMG has decided to re-start a $25 million raise ore drilling program that was deferred in November last year, and also commit to a new $1.6 million deep exploration drilling program that it is hoped will extend the life of the mine beyond the end of the next decade.

“These two programs will result in the employment of up to another 30 contractors.

The Rosebery mine became part of MMG following the sale of a number of OZ Minerals’ assets in June this year.

The Premier today toured the mine site and received a briefing from MMG Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Michelmore and Chief Operating Officer Brett Fletcher.

“I have heard about the confidence MMG has in this operation and the value they place in the strong relationship that has developed with the State Government and the local community.

“The Government recognises that mining is an integral part of the Tasmanian economy and a mainstay of the West Coast economy.

“That is why this State Government is always prepared to take decisive action, such as ensuring the future of rail services, to support investment in this important industry.”

“I have often said as Premier that I believe Tasmania’s best days are still ahead.

“It is investments like this along with responsible and experienced economic management by a Labor State Government that will enable us to build a strong Tasmania.”