Min­ing, not wel­fare on Govt agenda

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

So Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man wants to draft a spe­cial form of the com­pul­sory ac­qui­si­tion leg­is­la­tion to re­move the last re­main­ing res­i­dents from the de-gazetted town of Wit­tenoom.

This has been a de­clared con­tam­i­nated site since 2006.

Both Lib­eral and La­bor Gov­ern­ments have been break­ing the law by al­low­ing peo­ple to live on and visit a con­tam­i­nated site.

Gov­ern­ments have stated em­phat­i­cally over the past 30 years that there is no pos­si­bil­ity of clean­ing up the area.

As we all know, min­ers want to mine the valu­able iron ore de­posit (the Wit­tenoon Scree) which lies at the back of the old as­bestos mine, and the res­i­dents are in the way. Ken Sali­gari, Ex­mouth.

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