The Minister for Energy and Resources, Bryan Green, today expressed his disappointment at the Federal Court’s decision on Shree Minerals’ proposed North-West mine.
Mr Green said the Tasmanian Government strongly supported mining in Tasmania, and had granted all necessary approvals for this mine to proceed.
“Having been visiting businesses in the Smithton area today, I know that many people are disappointed with the Court’s decision, and that they as much as the proponent and the State Government, want certainty for this project and the jobs it will provide for the region.
“We’re therefore very disappointed that an administrative error on the part of the Australian Government has meant that Minister Burke’s decision to approve the mine has been found to be procedurally invalid as he did not formally have before him a particular report on Tasmanian Devils.
“It is our understanding that in effect this means that the Federal Environment Minister has not made a decision on the application by Shree Minerals.
“We also further understand that Shree Minerals Ltd will now invite the Minister to make this new decision, taking into account this advice on Tasmanian Devils.”
Mr Green said the State Government will be encouraging the new Federal Environment Minister, Mark Butler, to make this decision as soon as possible so that this very important mining project for the North West can proceed.
“My office has made contact with Mr Butler’s office today to relay the State Government’s strong support for Shree Minerals’ position in having a decision made as soon as possible,” Mr Green said.
Bryan Green Minister for Energy and Resources Wednesday 17th Jul 2013