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SA: uranium mining in Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary « Previous | |Next »
December 6, 2009

Marathon Resources Pty Ltd has been talking up the “highly uranium prospective” Mt Gee deposit in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary near Mount Painter. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is a private sanctuary located in the northern Flinders Ranges, adjacent to the Gammon Ranges National Park.

The wilderness sanctuary is not a National Park and is known for its harsh and rugged beauty. Marathon Resources wants to develop a uranium mine.

ChesterQArkaroola.jpg Quentin Chester, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Marathon Resources is a company that has a record of unauthorized waste disposal of its drill samples and systematic breaches of its exploration licence conditions and remains suspended from major exploration activity on its northern Flinders Ranges tenement. It was required to clean up the illegally dumped waste after exploration work in 2008.

Despite this record, and a push to keeping mining out of Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, the Rann Government has granted Marathon Resources a brand new 12 month exploration licence to Marathon Resources and released a draft management Plan for the Northern Flinders Ranges, called 'Seeking in Balance', which allows for mining activity right in the heart of the Arkaroola Sanctuary.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:35 AM | | Comments (5)


Well, it's only exploring, isn't it?( what harm can that do?!). Nothing to do with incremental nibbling way at the rules for sustainable development, perish the thought.
A bit like the St Clair saga, something warehoused now to avoid proper scrutiny, this side of an election.

Senator Nick Minchin says:

"There are plenty of other prospective areas of the state of South Australia available for potential uranium mining, but Arkaroola is far too precious and valuable a site in South Australia for any state government to contemplate allowing a uranium mine to proceed there

Arkaroola is beautiful beyond belief.

I was there last year and the owners of the reserve who are strongly in support of uranium mining, cannot figure out why the exploration is going ahead. The economics of the Marathon venture they reckoned were highly questionable given the likely grades in the area and cost of extraction compared for example to the Beverley Mine which you can site from the reserve out on the Lake Frome plain.

When I was a young'un my uncle gave me his ore samples that he had collected in his days as a fossicker all over SA including Mt Painter.
I went there back in the 60's but didn't know where to find the source of his ores.
A few years ago when Griselda Spriggs was still alive I went on the tour up the ridge past Mt painter and was shown where my samples probably originated.
Arkaroola is a truly spectacular place and despite its long history of being associated with uranium should be kept as a memorial to its beauty and the find place of one of the most important fossils known to science.
You can see it next to the door at the visitor centre.
Incidntally the biography of Reg Spriggs "Rock Star" by his daughter in law is well worth a read.

the running on this has been done by the SA Greens--Mark Parnell