Radio Australia, Pacific Beat Home
November 17, 2010 18:19:08


Across the Pacific region managing the development of major mining projects usually involves dealing with the concerns and grievances of traditional landowners.

In Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province, landowners have been fighting to stop the Ramu Nickel Mine over fears it will dump mine waste into the sea and ruin their environment.

Back in 2000, disgruntled landowners and Guadalcanal militants had forced the closure of the Gold Ridge mine in Central Guadalcanal.

Well, mining companies in Australia also have to deal with similar issues.

On Tuesday, Aboriginal groups in the state of Western Australia took part in a protest against the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, which wants to start mining the Yeelirrie uranium deposit.