Will you be there to support this action?
|Nymboida River at Platypus Flat|
Members of the Greens and concerned citizens will assemble at the Karangi Dam to protest the proposed reopening of the Wild Cattle Creek antimony mine and the capacity of the mine to pollute the Coffs Harbour and Clarence Valley water supply.
1) Drive west along Coramba Road to Karangi.
2) Turn left onto Upper Orara Road at the Karangi shop "T" intersection.
3) Travel along Upper Orara Road until you see the Karangi Dam gates on the left hand side (approximately 2.3km).
4) Turn left through the Karangi Dam gates and follow the road to the parking area at the top of the Dam wall.
11.00 a.m Saturday, November 12.
Karangi Dam is part supplied with water from the Nymboida River. Wild Cattle Creek water eventually flows into the Nymboida and Clarence Rivers. END
This motion was put to Coffs Harbour Council meeting by Greens Cr Mark Graham and seconded by Cr Rodney Degans.
NOTICE OF MOTION: Prohibiting Antimony Exploration and Mining and protecting water quality in the headwaters of the Regional Water Supply (Nymboida Catchment).
The majority of the municipal water supply for Coffs Harbour is provided by Shannon Creek Dam, part of the Regional Water Supply Strategy shared with Clarence Valley Council. This 30,000 megalitre dam is located southwest of Grafton. It is an off-river storage reservoir gravity-fed by pipes directly from the Nymboida River. The Nymboida River has its headwaters across 1700 square km of the Dorrigo Plateau, an area renowned as the highest rainfall catchment in NSW.
THE GREENS have issued a challenge to all contenders for the upcoming Clarence by-election - state your position on mining at the headwaters of the Clarence River.
NSW Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham was in Grafton yesterday in support of Greens candidate for Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh.
The pair raised grave concerns for the Clarence River if a 1.5km x 0.5km open cut antimony mine was approved at Wild Cattle Creek - a tributary of the Nymboida River.
Readings near the proposed mine site, which is being explored by Anchor Resources, have already shown dangerously high levels of antimony and arsenic.
"We are calling on voters to send a message to Barry O'Farrell, letting him know that they want him to rule out mining in the headwaters of the Clarence," Mr Buckingham said.
"We're not against all mining but it's got to be responsible mining.
"The risks associated with mining - especially for antimony and gold in the headwaters of the Clarence are too great.
"The experience in the Macleay should be a cautionary tale - you've got an entire river system that's been polluted that's going to be impacted for a millennia to come. "
Some 271km of the Macleay River, from Armidale to South West Rocks, have been polluted with antimony and arsenic from the Hillgrove mine and residents were warned by NSW Health last month not to drink the traditionally pristine river water.
"We've seen at the antimony mining at Hillgrove, even with modern mining techniques, even with irrigation and evaporative ponds we've seen four overflow and pollution events there since last year," Mr Buckingham said.
"You would not want to see that happen in the Clarence and put at risk the tourism, the agriculture, the fisheries.
"Would you eat the fish or the shellfish from that area (Macleay)? I think the answer's no." END
“The major parties seem unable, or unwilling, to act to protect our land and our water. This by-election is an opportunity for voters to voice their disapproval by casting their vote elsewhere.
The dangers of arsenic and antimony are well documented. “Antimony and many of its compounds are toxic, and the effects of antimony poisoning are similar to arsenic poisoning.... in small doses, antimony causes headaches, dizziness, and depression.’ Wikipedia. According to a 1999 study by the National Academy of Sciences, arsenic in drinking water causes bladder, lung and skin cancer, and may cause kidney and liver cancer. The study also found that arsenic harms the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems. It also may cause birth defects and reproductive problems.
Anchor Resources a Chinese company is proposing to reopen the Wild Cattle Creek mine with a one and a half km open cut. Wild Cattle Creek flows into the Nymboida River, part of the Clarence River system which supplies water from Sawtell to the Clarence estuary. Antimony is found with arsenic. Once antimony and arsenic are released from the ore and clays they are carried by the high rainfalls of this area to the sea. These elements enter the groundwater in higher than normal concentrations and there are no guarantees they will be permanently contained by ponds or dams at mine sites. END