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

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Greens Campaign priority: Protect our Rivers from Mining

CSG wells and pipelines, Tara, Qld
Greens candidate for the Clarence by-election, Janet Cavanaugh and Greens’ mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham MP, today confirmed that The Greens intended to make the upcoming by-election a referendum on mining regulation.
Ms Cavanaugh said: “My campaign priority is to demand improved regulation regarding mining. We need to protect our rivers from its impacts.”

Janet by the Clarence River
“I am particularly concerned about the potential impacts of the proposed antimony mine at Wild Cattle Creek on the Nymboida and Clarence Rivers, and our communities that rely on these rivers.
“Antimony is a highly toxic substance. Any leak at the mine would have a devastating impact on the Coffs-Clarence water supply, and downstream industries such as fishing, agriculture and tourism.
“The NSW Government has to give a guarantee that antimony mining will not be permitted in this area. Proposing a 'balance' between mining and farming is not good enough. The fate of the Clarence catchment population rests in this 'balance'.
Mr Buckingham said: “The Government made a very poor decision when it renewed the exploration licence for Anchor Resource’s Wild Cattle Creek Project just over a month ago.
“This is yet another example that confirms the fact that we have more regulation in this state covering the construction of a house than we do for mining exploration.
“As The Greens mining spokesperson, I have visited the site of the proposed mine at Wild Cattle Creek, the current gold and antimony mine at Hillgrove, and the toxic antimony processing site at Urunga.
“Any candidate standing in the Clarence by-election needs to publicly outline their position on the mine. The Nationals’ Luke Hartsuyker has already come out in its support – does Chris Gulaptis agree with his colleague?
“Mining threats to the Clarence’s water and food security should be a major issue for the poll on 19 November. I urge voters to use the Clarence by-election to send Barry O'Farrell a message on this issue.”
Janet Cavanaugh, Greens Candidate for Clarence
Environment – Social Justice - Peace - Democracy
Contact: Janet Cavanaugh – 0429 479 968, Jeremy Buckingham – 0439 460 691

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