Greens MLC Mark Parnell has accused Marathon Resources, the company behind the illegal waste dumping in the iconic Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, of trying to re-commence their mining activities before receiving formal sign-off from the Government that the clean-up of their old damage has been completed.
Yesterday Marathon Resources served a formal Notice of Entry on the Sanctuary’s owners, Marg and Doug Sprigg to re-commence their exploration activities. This action comes only a week after a report detailing their clean-up was submitted to Primary Industries, and before the Department and Minister have given the OK that the clean-up has been satisfactorily completed.
When Mining Minister Paul Holloway was asked by Greens MLC Mark Parnell in State Parliament about Marathon’s intentions, he stated that the issuing by Marathon Resources of a new Notice of Entry was ‘news to me’.
“This is outrageous behaviour by a company that was supposed to be developing better practices and better communication,” said Mark Parnell.
“Just days after submitting a report on their clean-up, and without waiting for the OK from the Department and the Minister, Marathon have said to the Sanctuary owners they want back in.
“After they were caught illegally dumping waste in the Arkaroola Sanctuary, the company said they would do better in the future. Clearly they haven’t learnt a thing.
“This is even further evidence, if any were required, that Minister Holloway must never allow Marathon Resources, or any other mining company, to re-commence their destructive mining activities in this spectacular Wilderness Sanctuary.
“The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is too precious to mine. Not now, not ever.
“I once again call on the Government to support my private member’s bill to preserve, once and for all, the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary for future generations,” he said.
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