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



Tuesday, 29 November 2011

NO Antimony Mine on the Dorrigo Plateau- Protect Our Water: Sticker

The by-election may be over but the campaigning on specific issues that affect the Clarence continues.

One of these issues is the proposal for an open-cut antimony mine at Wild Cattle Creek. If approved, this mine would threaten the Nymboida River and every animal that relies on it (including the people on the town water supply in the Coffs and Clarence LGAs, and our unique and endangered Eastern Freshwater Cod) - not to mention the downstream industries of fisheries, agriculture and tourism.

And yet our new MP, Chris Gulaptis, does not consider it a key issue for our electorate.


These stickers will be available at the Clarence Environment Centre in South Grafton.


Media Release: NO Antimony Mine on the Dorrigo Plateau- Protect Our Water: Sticker

This sticker will soon be appearing on the bumpers of many local cars.

Local residents, protesting the proposed reopening of an antimony mine at Wild Cattle Creek near Dorrigo, funded the sticker. A generous donation by Jamie McKinnon of Pepperprint Colour Printers, Coffs Harbour, also made the printing possible.

The sticker is being distributed by the Dorrigo Environment Watch Inc., Antimony Action and local NSW Greens groups.

Antimony and many of its compounds are toxic; the effects of antimony poisoning are similar to arsenic poisoning. In small doses, antimony causes headaches, dizziness and depression. Larger doses damage the kidneys and the liver, causing violent and frequent vomiting and will lead to death within a few days; otherwise skin contact causes dermatitis. ......The proposal by Anchor Resources Ltd to undertake Antimony mining activities within the headwaters of the Nymboida River is of immense concern, particularly when considering that this catchment provides drinking and potable water for in excess of 100 000 residents between Yamba and Sawtell.

Motion put to Coffs Harbour Council meeting by Greens Cr Mark Graham and seconded by Cr Rodney Degans. June 23, 2011.


Further information about the proposed reopening of the mine and about the dangers of antimony mining in high rainfall areas is available at

http://www.dorrigoenvironmentwatch.org.au/index.html

ABC Story : Poison in Paradise at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-21/proposed-mine-prompts-poison-fears/3594644 and http://mncgreens.blogspot.com

The stickers are available from Kombu Wholefoods in Bellingen, The Happy Frog in Coffs Harbour, The Clarence Environment Centre in South Grafton, Sawtell Paradise Fruit, The Sawtell Newsagency, Hickory Wholefoods in Dorrigo and the groups listed above.

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Link to Macleay Argus article: More Water Discharged From Mine

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