The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT Inc. (AFANT) has called on the NT Government not to allow the transport of 200,000 tonnes of iron ore up the Roper Highway until the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
AFANT has always taken a strong interest in the Sherwin project to ensure that there is no impact on the safety of recreational anglers and others travelling to the Roper River from mine traffic or any potential environmental impact on the Roper River.
“AFANT has real safety concerns with the large number of trucks proposed to travel the Roper Highway every day over the next few months.” AFANT president Mr Warren de With said today.
“We understand that convoys of up to 8 road trains will travel each way up the narrow and poor quality Roper Highway 115 km from the Sherwin mine to the Stuart Highway at Mataranka and on to Darwin.”
“The quality of the road surface and safety of other vehicles travelling this road will clearly be impacted by this high level of road train transport.”
“More serious is the policy settings of government which have allowed what can only be described as mining activity over the next 3 to 4 months without completion of the required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) even being received or approved by the NT EPA.”
“Mine site and native vegetation clearing, rock and soil overburden removal, road construction, 200,000 tonnes of ore extraction and transportation is mining operations and should be subject to the full EIS.”
“This is just mining in the guise of a sham bulk ore extraction and should not be allowed until the EIS is approved.” Mr de With said.
This is a link to the latest update from the NT government on the Blue Mud Bay negotiations and outcomes.
At the NLC full council meeting, the interim arrangements which have been put in place to allow negotiations between traditional owners and the NT Government to resolve access arrangements, including for recreational fishing to Blue Mud Bay waters, has been extended for a further six months from June 30 to December 31 .
Essentially this retains the status quo till the end of the year.
The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT Inc. (AFANT) has real and serious concerns regarding the Northern Territory Governments reckless approach to water management and allocation.
The NT Government has discarded decades of gains in improving public confidence and participation in a scientific based water planning and has abandoned nationally agreed best practice water allocation and management.
AFANT calls for an immediate halt in any further water allocations and call on the government to re-establish the formal water planning process consistent with the Northern Territory’s National Water Initiative commitments and best practice water planning…….