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TARKINE HERITAGE LISTING – NO NEW MINES IN THE TARKINE

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As Launceston awakes this morning, a clear message to Heritage List the
Tarkine will resonate throughout the city.

Members of the group Groundswell have hung large banners in prominent
locations in and around Launceston to highlight that Tasmanians will not
allow the Tarkine to be mined.

On the corner of Tamar and Cimitiere Street in Launceston’s CBD, high up on
the red gasworks framework, a message to the Federal environment minister
Tony Burke reads: “TARKINE HERITAGE LISTING”.

Other banners reading “Tarkine No New Mines” have been positioned along the
busy highways coming into Launceston and off a multistorey carpark.

“Tony Burke and the Gillard Government must nominate the Tarkine
rainforest for heritage listing NOW – Burke is sitting on the proposal to
protect the Tarkine for its multiple world heritage values - but is clearly
stalling in order to allow more of the 58 proposed mining licences to be
granted”. Said Spokesperson Dr Lisa Searle.

"Even if the Tarkine is granted heritage listing, the six permits already
granted are able to commence. Mining company Venture Minerals already holds
three of these licenses, and their mining operations are set to commence
within the next few months." Dr Searle said.

“The Venture site at Riley Creek is located 10km from Mt Lindsay –
Venture’s flagship mine site. The Riley Creek catchment will be logged by
Forestry Tasmania – a massive 118 hectares of diverse wilderness. The
immediate area contains old growth myrtle rainforest, independently
verified high conservation value tall eucalypt forest, DFTD - free
Tasmanian devil habitat and pristine waterways. The area will be cleared of
all vegetation and strip mined for an iron ore, to be shipped off and
processed outside of Tasmania.”Said Dr Searle.

The Riley Creek project, located a few kilometres west of Tullah, is the
initial mine lease for Venture Minerals which will then fund the Mt
Livingstone mine and the flagship project Mt Lindsay mine.

“We will continue to stand up for places such as the Tarkine that have no
voice, and that are worth saving for their environmental values and for
future generations.” Said Spokesperson Dr Lisa Searle.