Gina Rinehart’s plans to mine Cape York, revealed today, must not go ahead while traditional owners are in the process of considering the area for World Heritage listing, say the Australian Greens.
Jacaranda Resources, owned by Gina Rinehart, has applied for two exploration permits on Cape York.
“Gina Rinehart’s mining permit application areas include the Quinkan Rock Art Galleries – an area full of incredibly valuable rock art dating back 34 000 years,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.
“Rock art is still being discovered and traditional owners are in the process of GPS mapping the area to identify all of these sites of globally significant cultural heritage.
“It would be an absolute tragedy to allow this ancient heritage to be ripped apart by mines before its full extent has even been discovered by traditional owners.
“Campbell Newman’s Government has allowed a rush of mining applications, which threaten to smother the Cape’s wild and rugged beauty and spoil its pristine waters with port developments.
“After missing the deadline for World Heritage nomination last month, Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke needs to act now to prevent the irreplaceable cultural and natural heritage of Cape York being destroyed by a mining industry allowed to run unchecked by the Newman Government.
“Minister Burke needs to expedite genuine consultation with Traditional Owners on World Heritage nomination for Cape York.
“It’s vital the Cape is not destroyed by mining before traditional owners are able to explore ways to protect their land and opportunities for sustainable employment in tourism and land management,” Senator Waters said.