WA Premier Mark McGowan defends iron ore mining ban on green grounds

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 3-Jan-18

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has banned Mineral Resources from carrying out iron ore mining in the Helena-Aurora Ranges conservation park. Mineral Resources had sought to mine there in order to allow it to extend its Yilgarna operations for a further 15 years. McGowan’s decision puts at risk over 400 jobs, while Mineral Resources has estimated the decision will cost the WA government around $A1 billion in state revenue. Mineral Resources is expected to wind up operations at Yilgarna by the end of 2018, and will try to deploy affected workers elsewhere.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET, MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX MIN, CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, SINOSTEEL CORPORATION

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