- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Monday, 14 November 2011

Coffs Coast Advocate Story: Stop the mine


Stop the mine

ANTIMONY mining has no place in the high-rainfall catchment of coastal rivers that supply the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents. A protester makes her point 
on a placard at an anti-mining protest at Karangi Dam.
Leigh Jensen
ANTIMONY mining and its toxic aftermath has no place in the high-rainfall catchment of coastal rivers that supply the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents.

This sentiment attracted 70 people from all walks of life at Coffs Harbour's Karangi Dam on Saturday to protest a proposed antimony mine at Wild Cattle Creek at Dorrigo.

Wild Cattle Creek runs into the Nymboida River which, in conjunction with the Orara River, supplies Karangi Dam and the residents of Coffs Harbour City and Grafton with their town water supply.
Among those with placard in hand was Jacqui Hudson, who has helped to form the new Sawtell Antimony Action Group.

This is the second community action group spawned by the proposed mine.

"History has shown there is no way of preventing toxic run-off into our water systems when you have large open-cut mines in high-rainfall water-catchment areas, and the area proposed has some of the highest rainfall in the State," Mrs Hudson said.

"The few jobs that might be created locally from the mine opening will be far outweighed by the loss of jobs and economic damage caused to tourism, agriculture and fishing."

"We are concerned local residents - not members of any political party - just passionate about our beautiful waterways and wanting to protect our natural environment for future generations.

"Everyone is concerned; this is an issue that affects us all directly."

The Sawtell Antimony Action Group is placing posters on local noticeboards, letter-box dropping and collecting signatures for a petition to the State Government against toxic mineral mining.

SAAG can be contacted on antimonyaction@gmail.com.

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