For­rest wins mine fight

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tim Clarke

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.

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