Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne.
Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne.

Milne calls for mining meeting

A TWEED councillor wants the council to meet with the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council about a petroleum exploration licence the lands council requested south of Murwillumbah.

Councillor Katie Milne said this application was another threat to the "iconic landscape."

"Tweed is already vulnerable," Cr Milne said.

Cr Milne said the Tweed Shire Council needed to do a report on any potential mining activities in the Tweed so that councillors and the community were more informed.

The NSW Aboriginal Lands Council has sought the licence from the NSW Government for an area close to Murwillumbah.

NSW Aboriginal Land Council chief executive officer Geoff Scott said the council was concerned by the impact of mining on the land.

"That's why we intend to approach these issues from an Aboriginal perspective, and as an organisation that has an established track record of preserving the environmental and cultural sensitivities of our land," Mr Scott said.

"Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people right across this state will have differing views on the merits of mining.

"NSWALC is not blind to that fact. As this process gathers pace, we intend to negotiate closely with stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcomes."

Mr Scott said there was a long way to go and there were no guarantees that the applications would be successful.

"And even if we are, there are no guarantees that our explorations will bear fruit," he said.

"But NSWALC is excited about the prospect of finally giving the Aboriginal people of NSW a real shot at self-determination through economic independence."

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council refused to comment on the application.



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