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- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.

Monday, 29 October 2012

"No Mining". Greens MLC to visit the Orara Valley Nov 7


Come and hear Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham. 

Jeremy is introducing his Responsible Mining Bill  (Protect land, water and communities) into the state parliament.

Bring your children. Bring your banners and signs for the cameras.

When: 12.00-1.00pm, November 7th, 2012

Where: At the Upper Orara Valley Community Hall
             Cnr Dairyville Rd and Upper Orara Rd

(When travelling on the Coramba Rd from Coffs Harbour, turn left at the Karangi store on to the Upper Orara Rd.

Please park safely and watch for pedestrians.

Have a picnic in the beautiful valley after the protest.

View Mt Brown NSW in a larger map

Mid North Coast Greens Media Release:

An Hour in the Orara Valley With Jeremy Buckingham, Greens MLC

Jeremy Buckingham, Greens MLC, will be speaking about his recent frack finding tour to inspect coal seam gas in the United States and his Responsible Mining Bill (Protect land, water and communities) 2012 at the Upper Orara Valley Community Hall, Cnr Dairyville Rd and Upper Orara Rd between 12.00-1.00pm, November 7th

It is expected that many will travel from Coffs Harbour, the Clarence Valley, the Orara Valley, Bellingen and the plateau to hear the facts about mining in NSW. Those attending the meeting are encouraged to attend with posters and banners.

"The Greens Responsible Mining Bill will prohibit coal seam gas and mining in certain productive agricultural areas and other sensitive areas.  Additionally it will provide local councils with the power to prohibit coal seam gas and other mining in certain areas under their local planning provisions," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

A recent meeting in Coramba was attended by a large crowd seeking information. Altius Mining Limited is planning, according to announcements it has made to the ASX, to continue exploration in the area following the completion of its aerial magnetic survey in 2011.

It is reported that exploration targets include Mt Brown (directly south of Karangi), Illabo Mine north of Coramba (near Coramba Nature Reserve), and the Beacon Group of Mines halfway between Coramba & Central Bucca.

"Gold and antimony mines produce large amounts of pollution.  The sensitive environment, terrain and rainfall patterns in the Orara Valley mean it is not the place for such mines," said Mr Buckingham.

The forum will be of particular interest to property owners concerned about a drop in land values, visual pollution and river pollution, small business owners dependent on tourism and all users of local roads, especially parents of school children.

The Threat

Download a map of EL 7332 at Dorrigo Environment Watch

"According to announcements it has made to the ASX, Altius Mining Limited is planning to continue exploration in the area following the completion of its aerial magnetic survey in 2011. This progression is to take the form of field surveying of the area. These field surveys are intended to consist of a soil sampling and mapping program to further identify drilling targets."

 .........................  “The intentions of Altius Mining are virtually unknown to the residents of the Orara Valley and Coffs Harbour. We have started looking for information on what Altius has done and what they are planning. What we are finding is very concerning and we think that everyone in the area should know about it.”  

 ..................... “Altius Mining are looking ahead with their intentions and following exploration will most likely want to employ open-cut mining techniques and the use of tailings dams in potential mining operations. We feel that this would be totally inappropriate development in such an area relied on for its natural resources and can’t understand why mining exploration is even allowed in such places"

Quotes from a local resident. 

Upper Orara Valley
Altius Mining Update:
 16th May, 2012

  • Overview of Karangi Exploration License
    Target is epithermal gold sulphide quartz vein deposits & exhalative hosted gold & base metal deposits(Gold & Copper).

Altius have:

Karangi EL has over 120 old historical gold mines. Mount Browne has copper-gold occurrence.
Potential to extend tenement to the west to include a further 42 old workings two with large open pit possibilities. 

• Reviewed previous exploration data.

• Completed an airborne high resolution geophysical survey. Completed identification of exploration targets.

• Plan a field investigation of exploration targets in 2012.

Exploration targets include Mt Browne(directly south of Karangi), Illabo Mine north of Coramba(near Coramba Nature Reserve), & Beacon Group of Mines halfway between Coramba & Central Bucca. 

Part of unverified report from an unknown source via Dorrigo Environment Watch

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