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If the Wild Cattle Creek Mine (near Dorrigo) is reopened the future quality of the water in the Clarence River system and the Coffs Coast water supply will be in doubt.
The Hillgrove Mine and other historical mining in the catchment of the Macleay River has already necessitated the installation of a very costly water purification plant for Bellbrook. Those living above Bellbrook are advised not to constantly drink the water.
Excerpt: Sample information seen by this newspaper of water taken from Station Creek identified “antimony levels above the drinking water quality guideline on all occasions” and “arsenic levels sitting above the recreational guidelines issued between February and April 2003”, following heavy rain.
Official water monitoring results concluded there was a minimal impact from the disused crushing plant at the Sea Lido, “with water quality suitable for swimming”.
(They can be viewed at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/beach/bppsob/bpp0203_2bellingen.pdf)
The spokesman for Mr McClymont declined to say whether there was any danger posed to public health.
From Bellingen Shire Courier Sun