This combination of a photograph of our region plus a stock image of a gold mining pit is only to illustrate what could occur.

This combination of a photograph of our region plus a stock image of a gold mining pit is only to illustrate what could occur.

The Dorrigo Plateau must be declared off-limits to mining exploration

Exploration for gold and antimony on the Dorrigo Plateau is of concern to everyone in the entire Clarence catchment, including Coffs Harbour residents whose drinking water comes directly from the Clarence and Orara rivers. Exploration leases have been expanded this year and exploratory drilling has begun. The Blicks River and Wild Cattle Creek both flow into the Nymboida River, which flows into the Clarence River. Water is piped directly from the Nymboida to Coffs Harbour with a minimal need for processing.

The Macleay River and Urunga processing site have already been contaminated by gold and antimony mining in the past and our group does not welcome this development. 

We don't know how the ore will be extracted and we don't know that there's enough gold to make it worthwhile for the company. Diamond drilling in Tyringham and Dundurrabin has recommenced which attests to continued interest and it's this uncertainty that affects all concerned residents and our supporters.