New South Wales govt wants Aborigines to get into the uranium business
Land council looks to far west uranium exploration, Margaret Paul,ABC News, June 15, 2012 The State Government is encouraging the Broken Hill Aboriginal Land Council to apply for uranium exploration licences.
Applications for exploration licences open yesterday, after the government lifted a decades-old ban on uranium exploration earlier this year.
The Energy Minister, Chris Hartcher, says it is very likely large deposits of uranium exist around Broken Hill…… He says he has met with the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, and encouraged them to formally apply for an exploration licence.
“I think what’s particularly pleasing about the indigenous community
taking an interest, is that the indigenous community are large
landholders, a lot of land is owned by them and the indigenous
community have a strog interest in seeing that there are greater
opportunities for greater opportunities for indigenous and aboriginal
He says the Land Council are keen to apply for licences in the Broken Hill area.
“That’s extremely encouraging to see the Aboriginal Land Council
expressing that interest, and it’s an important development because we
are keen to see indigenous involvement in these exploration and
possibly mining projects.”