Though this is only an exploration lease application, once granted it will provide the mining company with conditional access to most private property in the area. Should the mining company subsequently find something worth mining and obtain a mining lease, the impact on the area (which might include: truck traffic, noise, land disturbance, loss of privacy, loss of property value) may well last for decades.
By objecting to this application now, we (as a community) will gain some time to decide/debate whether this is something we really want for the Cygnet area ... and with some effort ... create an opportunity to prevent mining (and/or exploration) in our area from happening in the future.
Why has this web site been created?
The name of this web site was selected so as to be easy to remember. We are not in fact against all mining and accept the mining industry in general as an integral component of our national and state wealth.
We are however against the bias that exists in favour of large corporations (and states) that subjugates the most basic rights of landowners for the so-called greater good of the 'State
' and a mining company's shareholders.
Why are we concerned?
Even though we have personally been assured that mining companies in Tasmania are held to 'Worlds Best Practice' standards, the simple fact remains that they are out to make a buck and not friends. Once a lease is granted (for either exploration or mining), there is essentially nothing that landowners can do to prevent mining companies from coming onto their land ... so we need to speak up early before we get trampled on.
Take a look at the Four Corners program about what is happening in the Coal Seam Gas industry
to get an idea of how ugly things can get when governments and corporations get carried away with making money from mining.
The Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program has also investigated the great coal seam gas land grab in Queensland
... the word 'frightening' comes to mind.
In fairness the company applying for the Exploration Lease in the Cygnet area is not 'looking' for Coal Seam Gas. Their 'primary
' objective is to find gold. The lease however covers just about anything of value that they might be able to dig up including road gravel.
See some Questions and Answers not in the MRT's Land Holders Q&A.