THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
15 November 2010
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today said Groote Resources Ltd should reconsider their exploration plans for the seas and islands of the Groote Archiplelago.
“Following consultation with community leaders I am aware that there is vehement resistance to this proposal among the Warnindilyakwa, the Indigenous people of Groote Eylandt.”
Mr Snowdon said he is very concerned for the health and well being of many Groote Eylandters, especially the elderly and ill.
“I have been involved with the Groote Eylandt community for more than 30 years and I have never seen the people there so angry and worried about the consequences of mining activity, and how it will impact on their community, culture and environment,” he said.
“The pristine marine environment of these waters and the islands of Bickerton and Winchelsea, the coral reefs, the vast sea grass plains, the stunning bio-diversity make these waters and islands far too precious for undersea open-cut mining,” said Mr Snowdon.
“Warnindilyakwa have made an enormous contribution to Australia’s wealth and to the nation’s mining reputation through more than thirty years of manganese extraction on their lands and that contribution will continue for years to come with the GEMCO mine,” Mr Snowdon said.
Future development in this area needs to be sustainable and at the pace and direction of the Warnindilyakwa. They have already demonstrated, through their award-winning Dugong Beach Resort on Groote, that they see a strong future for their people in eco-tourism and land and sea management of their picturesque archipelago.
“It is clear to the Groote Eylandt community that the best result is for Groote Resources to forego their plans. One mine, especially one as large as the existing mine on Groote is enough,” said Mr Snowdon.
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