Greens councillor Mark Graham addressed the interested audience in the City Square.
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Concerned citizens gathered materials from Lock The Gate, local Greens and other sources to staff the information stall. The shoppers were very receptive to the message the team delivered. Note the maps in the pic showing current exploration leases.
Volunteers provided music and performances to attract the crowd. Cr Mark Graham informed the crowd that their costly water supply was at risk from mercury, arsenic, antimony and lead from water pollution, a certain result of mining in the highest rainfall area in NSW, our water catchment.
"Protect our land and water' was clearly the message. A 100,000 people draw on water from the Dorrigo catchment. Residents of Grafton and the Clarence Valley will be particularly affected by pollution of the Clarence River. The fishing industry related to the Clarence estuary will be devastated.
Anchor Resources may reopen the antimony mine at Wild Cattle Creek.
This was the first anti-mining event held in Coffs Harbour since the protest at Karangi Dam brought the proposed reopening of the Wild Cattle Creek antimony mine to the people of the Coffs Coast. Exploration for gold is also taking place on the Dorrigo Plateau.
Gold mining is a real threat to water supplies.
Mining on the Dorrigo Plateau could release large quantities of arsenic into the environment.