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wildlife carer stops mining company

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    Wildlife carer stops mining company



    BATTLE WON: Nina Keener, with a couple of wallabies on her property at Batchelor
    A TERRITORY woman has won a long battle to stop a mining company exploring on her property.

    Nina Keener, 51, has been told by the NT Mines Department that her land has been excluded from an exploration licence.

    "It's a big win for us," she said.

    Ms Keener cares for injured and orphaned native wildlife on her 160ha property, Nina's Ark, near Batchelor, 100km south of Darwin.

    She was notified last year that mining company Compass Resources had taken an exploration licence over land including her property.

    Compass is developing the Browns oxide project about 7km north of Batchelor and 5km from Ms Keener's boundary fence.

    It will mine oxides of copper, cobalt and nickel.

    Ms Keener objected to the plans because she was worried about the impact on her wildlife project.

    "We've monitored released animals for the past seven years," she said. "Animals won't stay in an area with big trucks invading their habitat.

    "Many will die and others move to uncharted territory."

    Ms Keener began her campaign to bar Compass when she received the letter last October.

    "All the little people banded together," she said.

    "The Minister had a bundle three files thick of submissions."

    Mr Natt declined to comment, saying it was a matter for the Department of Mines. Compass Resources managing director Richard Swann did not want to comment.
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