THE Tarkine battle is not over, according to activists who have vowed to keep fighting against mining in the area.
The Tarkine National Coalition yesterday lost a Federal Court battle to stop Venture Minerals mining iron ore at Riley Creek on the West Coast.
It is understood that the mining company is set to come out of a trading halt today, eager to get the mine, which is only at the exploration stage, back on track.
The Tarkine group appealed against a decision made in August last year by then federal environment minister Mark Butler to approve the mine.
Justice Richard Tracey said the group ``failed to make good'' any of the grounds of appeal.
Save the Tarkine campaign co-ordinator Scott Jordan said he was disappointed with the decision.
``If there are grounds to appeal, we'll pursue them,'' Mr Jordan said.
``We don't believe this battle is lost.''
The grounds of appeal included a failure to consider the ``cumulative impact'' of other industry in the area and the impact on threatened species including the Tasmanian devil, wedge-tailed eagle and spotted-tailed quoll.
Mr Jordan did not rule out large-scale protest action.
``We're not going away and our supporters aren't going away,'' he said.
Opposition Leader Bryan Green said the decision was a ``win for jobs and commonsense''.
``The Riley Mine is an important project that will create much-needed jobs on the West-Coast,'' Mr Green said.
A spokesman for Venture Minerals said the company welcomed the decision.
``The company will make further statements through the ASX in due course,'' the spokesman said.