What does it mean for you? We'd love to hear from you…
Blicks River Guardians had proposed to hold a public meeting in Grafton on Saturday 15th March this year to highlight the issue: Mining in the Headwaters of the Clarence: What does it mean for you?
The meeting has been postponed and we have decided instead to focus our attention on several other ways to get in touch with those who may be affected by exploration and mining activities in this area.
- By compiling videos of various speakers and putting these videos on our website and on Facebook we hope to reach a larger audience.
- We could hold smaller meetings directed at specific groups within the community who are interested to hear more about the ongoing exploration for minerals in our region. If you belong to such a group please go to our “Help Us” page and let us know by filling in the contact form.
It’s important to get our message to all the Clarence River communities, advising the potential risks to agricultural land and water, tourism and the fishing industry, drinking water for coastal populations, and the impact on nearby World Heritage Areas, threatened species and public forests.
- We also want to focus our attention on surveying our local community to gain an awareness of their opinions on this important issue and to inform those unaware of the extent of the exploration licences and possible implications. We’ll also continue our attendance at markets in the local area and surrounds.
As a small local group we have to use our time in the most effective way possible. Organising a large public meeting is something to aim for in the future.
If you were planning on attending our Public Meeting we’d love to hear from you – just fill in our contact form on the “Help Us” page and let us know how you feel mining activities in the Clarence Valley catchment area could affect you and your friends, neighbours, businesses and colleagues.
Make you own YouTube or Vimeo clip and send us a link if you’d like to express your views in that way. Use our website and its links to learn more about this topic. See the following Blog Article on "Reconnection with Nature" for images of the Clarence River.
Water. More Precious than Gold.
The Clarence River is the biggest volume waterway in Australia. I’ve felt the tangible connection between here and home, where a spring-fed creek bubbles through the bottom of my garden in the rainforest, to where I’ve been exploring today; the tidal Clarence—green aqua of mangrove forests, so exotic!
The Clarence also lays claim to having the largest river island in the Southern hemisphere!! (I'm pretty sure it’s Palmer Is.)
It is so important to me to protect this river system from the fountainheads to the sea. I cannot believe that we are having to fight our governments, our police, our media before we can even begin to hold big businesses accountable for CRIMES AGAINST NATURE! It's INSANITY!
Being in nature exploring, enjoying, gives so much to the soul.
Maybe the biggest help to protecting the planet from human greed is to facilitate reconnection to nature for all those poor lost people who think that the best times are paid for with lots of money…
by Gayle Mildren
Biodiversity was the focus at a gathering for the "Wild on Earth" weekend near Dundurrabin. Bush regenerators, rangers from National Parks, Aboriginal elders, land care groups, bird experts, ecologists and botanists shared their understanding of the natural wonders of the earth.
This event attracted over 200 people to a property within the gold and copper mining exploration lease area operated by Anchor Resources, a 97%-Chinese-owned company. This private property adjoins World Heritage forests of Mt Hyland Nature Reserve. On this property alone there are 29 threatened species of plant and animal and the owners are very worried about the threat of mining coming into the area. There are currently drill rigs on other nearby properties.
People gathered to learn about unique plants, animals, rare and threatened species, birds and insects, aquatic systems and some ‘big picture’ information on the ancient and interconnected nature of our environment.
Blicks River Guardians and supporters stand together against mining on the Dorrigo Plateau to protect the rich and biodiverse eco communities in this environmentally-sensitive area. Thousands of signatures have been gathered on a petition against the mining company coming into this area. Blicks River Guardians are a community group near Dundurrabin standing together to protect our natural heritage for future generations in the headwaters of the Clarence catchment from the toxic effects of mining.
On their property alone there are 28 threatened species of flora and fauna as documented by environmental consultants. This area is much studied and loved by scientists and conservationists for its uniqueness and rich biodiversity...Read More
Our local community member "Buffalo" displaying the Blicks River Guardians' sign "Water. More Precious than Gold". Dundurrabin Community Centre hosted the Franklin Horse Riders who are riding their horses to Canberra to oppose water pollution from mining.Read More