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Mining under threat in WA heritage plan

A mining representative body has called on the federal government to reconsider plans to heritage list 17 million hectares of Kimberley land, saying it could seriously damage the future of mining in Australia.

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The 'grab bag' approach has been considered to be appropriate for the mining and exploration industries for years. The legacy of which is a lattice work of scars on the landscape, bore holes, mining tailings and debris strewn across sections of this country. They often have little responsibility or accountability for rehabilitation of these exploration sites and merely 'walk away'. It appears that the 'grab bag' approach is only applicable to the plunderers; not the irreplaceable environment. It costs a lot less to preserve and conserve than to repair and replace.

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