Pledge to persevere on Tarkine

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.

Save the Tarkine campaign co-ordinator  Scott Jordan

Save the Tarkine campaign co-ordinator Scott Jordan


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