Forrest wins mine fight
Billionaire Andrew Forrest has finally won his years-long fight to prevent sand mining on his family cattle station in the Pilbara, after the High Court last week ruled in his favour and against the mining company wanting to work near his Minderoo Station homestead.
Mr Forrest has been fighting to prevent Yarri Mining from turning its exploration leases into mining tenements for years, most recently on the grounds Yarri failed to lodge its applications correctly.
The applications were made in 2010 by privately owned Yarri Mining, which wanted to take sand from areas around the Ashburton River near Mr Forrest’s Minderoo Station homestead.
The WA Court of Appeal had earlier dismissed Mr Forrest’s appeal against earlier decisions that recommended the Mines and Petroleum Minister grant the tenements, and also denied a request for a judicial review.
But last Thursday, in a majority verdict, the High Court ruled in Mr Forrest’s favour, saying that Yarri needed to be fully compliant with the requirements of the Mining Act, which would mean a mining proposal or a mineralisation report at the time of the application.
Comment has been sought from Mr Forrest.