Doyles Creek exploration licence should be cancelled and assets frozen as ‘proceeds of crime’
MEDIA RELEASE – 30 August 2013
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham called on the government to immediately cancel the Doyles Creek mining exploration license which ICAC has found was only granted for the purpose of benefiting his mate, John Maitland and was subject to false and misleading information.
“Barry O’Farrell must act and cancel this licence, which has now been found by ICAC to have been granted corruptly,” said Mr Buckingham.
“Section 125 of the Mining Act, gives the Minister the power to cancel a licence ‘if the decision-maker reasonably considers that the holder of the authority provided false or misleading information in or in connection with an application or any report provided under this Act for or with respect to the authority’.
“The government should also act to ensure that no one benefits financially from the corrupt granting of this licence.
“This mine has had a stench emanating from it from the very beginning. Those who have invested in this mine have taken a risk, and the taxpayers of NSW should not have to compensate investors who knew that this mine licence was potentially dodgy.
“This is an enormous win for the local community who have been battling this mine for many years now. The government should end this saga and let the local people get on with their lives by cancelling this exploration licence.”
Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916