Coffs Harbour Greens councillor, Mark Graham, replies to Nationals' MP, Luke Hartsuyker, re the benefits of a mine at Wild Cattle Creek in the catchment of the Clarence River.
Furthermore, our 3 year old regional water supply, in which Coffs Harbour and Clarence Valley Councils have invested approximately $200 million, faces a great risk because of the toxic Antimony, Arsenic and Mercury known to exist within the ore body that China Shandong Jinshunda seeks to mine. On March 31 2009 approximately 900mm of rainfall fell on the mine site. There is nothing that can be done to capture all run-off in such extreme rainfall events. It is inevitable that the Clarence River will be polluted, should this mine proceed.
At a meeting yesterday at Coffs Harbour City Council chambers, the Managing Director of Anchor Resources, Mr Ian Price, stated that the lifespan of the mine will be measured in years, not decades.
Please explain your reasoning for supporting this mine on economic grounds Mr Hartsuyker?