Panel Declares Acquisition of Taipan Shares by St Barbara to be Unacceptable Circumstances

The Takeovers Panel today advises that it has declared that St Barbara Mines caused unacceptable circumstances and breached section 606 of the Corporations Law by acquiring 4 million shares in Taipan Resources on 12 October 2000. St Barbara thereby increased Strata Mining Corporation's voting power in Taipan to more than 20%. An application for the declaration was made by Troy Resources on Tuesday 13 February. Troy is also bidding for Taipan.