Stop Lynas campaigners have staged a creative protest outside the Perth office of the firm responsible for the construction of a rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Kuantan.
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The protest from noon to 2.00pm today local time was the second the group has held in Australia. The first was held in front of the Lynas headquarters in Sydney in early July.
Reports the campaign groups:
We managed to get more attention from the local Fremantle and Perth concern citizens and we were very grateful to have Fremantle Town Councillor Sam Wainwright and former WA Senator Jo Vallentine to join in to organise our campaign for this long week and take part in our great demonstration this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Stop Lynas campaign has won a new ally in Australia, the Fremantle MP Adele Carles. She has called for the transport of rare earth ores through Fremantle to be halted immediately because of concerns about potential radioactivity, reports the The Western Australian.
Word of the strong resistance to the transport of the ores has also reached the website of the Australian Mining magazine. The site carried a news item titled, “Lynas face fierce opposition to rare earth export.”