“By taking a go-slow approach, we are looking after our unique Territorian lifestyle, while also protecting the marine flora and fauna”
Country Liberal Party
The Northern Territory Government will extend the moratorium for exploration and mining activities for minerals on the sea floor for a further three years.
Minister for Mines and Energy, David Tollner, said this extension will allow for reviews that are currently being undertaken by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) to be completed.
“By taking a go-slow approach, we are looking after our unique Territorian lifestyle, while also protecting the marine flora and fauna,” Mr Tollner said.
“We are waiting on reviews by the EPA and AAPA on the actual or potential impacts on our marine environment.
“This Government has decided the best course of action is to continue the current arrangements until all of the requested information is available for consideration.
“There needs to be appropriate measures in place to ensure the avoidance of sacred sites as a part of any exploration or mining of seabed mineral resources.
“Labor gave the go-ahead to a mining company to explore the seabed around Groote Eylandt, only to pull the rug from under them once they had invested in the project.
“This is not a process this Government is willing to rush. Territorians enjoy a fantastic outdoor lifestyle, with boating and fishing a key part of that.”