A 200-CAR motorcade is bound for the Tarkine region this morning for a counter-protest against anti-mining activists.
Pro-development groups Unlock Tasmania and the Pro Tarkine Development Coalition say more than 200 cars drive will from Smithton and Marrawah to the site of Shree Minerals' controversial open cut iron ore mine site at Nelson Bay River.
Once there they will set up opposite the members of the Tarkine National Coalition, Wilderness Society and Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, who are staging a three-week vigil ahead of a potential new legal challenge on the mine.
Police will address both groups before the protest and will be in attendance throughout the day.
Smithton business manager and car rally organiser Darren Pratt said the rally was about supporting for the North-West economy.
``Investors and businesses are sitting back and not putting money forward because they are waiting to see what will happen with this mine,'' he said.
``If we don't stand up now, we're not going to get anywhere.
``The future of our region is at stake.''
Mr Pratt said while he expected emotions to run high at the mine site, he did not condone aggression.
``It is a peaceful demonstration - and we will be working with police to make sure there are no unwanted incidents,'' he said.
Mr Pratt said the counter-protest would set up 200 metres from the vigil.
``It is important that there is a bit of distance between the groups,'' he said. ``But we will need to drive past them. I suspect a few car windows will be wound down.''
Tarkine National Coalition spokesman Scott Jordan said there would be about 20 to 30 people in his camp today.
``We're expecting a bit of a heckling,'' he said. ``But we're not going to engage in any tit-for-tat.
``We respect their right to express their opinions, and we'll certainly not be doing anything to exacerbate the situation.''