Tasmania's mining industry is open for business Sat 22 September 2012 Bryan Green Acting Premier The Acting Premier and Minister for Resources and Energy Bryan Green today reinforced that Tasmania's mining industry 'is open for business' despite ongoing negativity from the State Liberals. Mr Green said continuing attempts by the Liberals to talk down the industry were politically mischievous and threatened future investment in mining. "The Government considers mining a key industry for Tasmania's economic prosperity and we are doing everything we can to promote it," Mr Green said. "What worries me is that talking down the future of mining like Mr Brooks is doing could become a self fulfilling prophecy. "Mr Brooks' political rants are potentially very damaging for the industry. The facts speak for themselves and they are that investment over the past year has exceeded pre global financial crisis levels and mineral exploration has increased by over 25 per cent. "Mining is an extremely important industry to Tasmania, it has a bright future and the Government is committed to supporting future investment and jobs in the sector. "There is no way the Government will compromise future prospects for the mining industry, including the heavily mineralised areas of the North-West and West Coasts. The Federal Government will decide whether the Tarkine is National Heritage listed and Mr Green said he has made strong representations to Environment Minister Tony Burke. "The State Government is totally opposed to blanket National Heritage listing of the Tarkine. "The Government supports mining in meets the stringent standards that apply while the Liberals are only interested in making political mischief. Mr Green said there was no reason why mining could not co-exist with other activities and values of the West Coast as it has done for generations. "Any mining operation in Tasmania is already subject to State and Federal environmental laws and the Tarkine is no different," Mr Green said.