It is usually easier to get people motivated to oppose development than to support it.
But Environment West Coast was set up as a pro-mining lobby group and it plans to show their support for the Denniston mine in Westport today.
The news that the Environment Court has indicated their intention to issue final consent to Bathurst Resources to mine the old Escarpment workings at Denniston has been greeted with a sense of relief and a mood of celebration on the West Coast today.
Mindful that every-time a decision goes in favour of Bathurst, a flood of protests and legal challenges seem to erupt from the like of the Green Party and Forest and Bird, the relief is tempered with the thought “what are the opponents going to say or do next”.
Last month a Forest and Bird spokesperson said that “most West Coasters don’t support mining”.
Tomorrow, the people of Westport intend to disprove this by decorating the main street in Buller colours (red and blue) and displaying signs of support for Bathurst.