04/06/2009 - 13:47

Sinosteel drums up support for iron mine

04/06/2009 - 13:47

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Sinosteel Midwest Corporation has warned its Mid West iron ore project may not go ahead after the environmental watchdog failed to approve an integral part of the mining proposal.

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation has warned its Mid West iron ore project may not go ahead after the environmental watchdog failed to approve an integral part of the mining proposal.

The company today launched a campaign in the Mid West region, urging the community to get behind its Koolanooka/Blue Hills or Mungada iron ore project.

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Authority recommended that mining not proceed at the Mungada East mine, which Sinosteel said is integral to the project proceeding economically.

The EPA recommended approval for the Koolanooka and Mungada West sites.

 

 

The announcement is below:

 

 

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation (Sinosteel Midwest) today launched a campaign in the Mid West calling on community members, businesses and industry partners to get behind its Koolanooka/Blue Hills (Mungada) iron ore project.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released its Report for the project on Tuesday, and failed to recommend approval of Mungada East mine which is integral to the project proceeding economically.

Sinosteel Midwest COO Giulio Casello said the company was heading out into the community to explain the economic, social and environmental impact of the EPA's recommendations, and to encourage people to make their voice heard.

"The EPA's failure to fully recommend this project means it may not go ahead. This would translate into loss of local jobs and contracts, purchasing from local businesses, community sponsorships, generous environmental conservation proposals and much more," Mr Casello said.

"In order to continue to deliver these benefits, we need the community to take action now and make their own appeal against the EPA recommendations. Information on how to do this is available on our website at www.sinosteelmidwest.com.au, and we will be on the ground spreading the message over the appeal period to the 16th of June.

"In the four years that we've been active in the Mid West, we have invested over $30 million in the project and the community. We have seen incredible support and anticipation for commencement of the project. Now is the time for that support to be put into action," he said.

"The Koolanooka/Blue Hills project is the first step in building a sustainable iron ore industry for the Mid West region and makes good economical, social and environmental sense for the region. The project is ready to go now and will employ at least 70 people, and it is based on previously mined and disturbed land."

 

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