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Radio Australia, Pacific Beat Home
November 17, 2010 18:19:08


Across the Pacific region managing the development of major mining projects usually involves dealing with the concerns and grievances of traditional landowners.

In Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province, landowners have been fighting to stop the Ramu Nickel Mine over fears it will dump mine waste into the sea and ruin their environment. Read the rest of this entry »


“Within the Wongutha Tribal group I am the leader of my clan, the Koara people. Yeelirrie is in my tribal boundary. One of the things BHP has not done, and what it’s supposed to do it, its law actually for them to do a heritage survey with me and my people.

They’ve never consulted with me to do that. What I need to say to you is this … before we ever knew about nuclear anything that place Yeelirrie was a no go zone for my tribal people. The name of it, in my native language, the place Yeelirrie means ‘death’.

BHP Billiton has never done a heritage survey with me. I’m happy that while uranium is in the ground it’s safe, I’m concerned what it’s going to do when it comes out of the ground. Now if it’s going to start killing off people in another country, destroying their lives, I’m concerned about that, because it’s my land that could be doing this stuff. It concerns me, it concerns my tribal group, it concerns the surrounding people.”

– Richard Evans, Koara Traditional Owner Read the rest of this entry »

Western Mining Corporation first developed the Olympic Dam (Roxby Downs) Uranium Mine in 1983, despite strong and sustained opposition from Kokatha and Arabunna Traditional Owners and environmentalists. BHP Billiton purchased the underground Olympic Dam mine in 2005. In May 2009 BHP Billiton released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) detailing plans to turn Olympic Dam into a massive open pit mine[1]. This new open pit mine is intended to operate alongside the existing underground mine and to increase uranium production from 4,000 to 19,000 tonnes per year and copper production from 200,000 to 750,000 tonnes a year[2]. Read the rest of this entry »

POLLUTION FEARS: WANFA chair Della Rae Morrison says over 140 overseas mining companies mining for deposits all around WA are poisoning country and water. Picture: Alf Sorbello, Source: PerthNow

PERTHNOW, 16 Nov 2010

THE human and environmental impacts of the world’s largest mining company will be the focus of protest and attention at BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting today in Perth as Aboriginal leaders speak out.

Members of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) and the Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) are attending BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting in Perth today to raise issues directly with the board and shareholders about conduct of uranium mining developments on Aboriginal land.

Richard Evans, Koara traditional owner of the proposed Yeelirrie Uranium deposit in WA, said: “This is not the first time we have explained to BHP Billiton that Uranium mining at Yeelirrie is unwanted.

“BHP Billiton are not talking with the right land owners, they are going through the back door with consultation. Read the rest of this entry »

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