Meet the Candidates in the NSW State Election at Dundurrabin
The Blicks River Guardians invite you to attend an afternoon tea with NSW election candidates at Dundurrabin Community Centre, 4pm on Sunday 15th March. This event, on the beautiful Dorrigo Plateau, provides a great opportunity for you to come and meet the candidates from both the Oxley and Clarence electorates. There will be time for Q & A about the issues that are important to you and following at 6pm will be a community dinner (bring a plate to share) and a fundraiser for the Blicks River Guardians with local musician and songwriter Noam Blat.
Mineral exploration on the Dorrigo Plateau and across the New England fold belt has increased in recent years. The Clarence catchment has a number of active exploration leases for gold, antimony and other minerals, with Anchor Resources prospecting near the Blicks River at Dundurrabin and at Wild Cattle Creek near Dorrigo. Also on the Clarence, Australia United Mining (Altius) is exploring for gold in the Orara Valley near Coffs Harbour. The Hillgrove mine in the Macleay catchment has plans to reopen with a proposal for a second mine awaiting approval. Other large gold and mineral exploration leases are active at Uralla and Armidale.
The increase in mineral exploration above coastal water catchments across our region concerns local residents.
“Some of this exploration is being supported with taxpayers money by the state government, despite the list of contamination events that have polluted regional waterways in recent decades,” said Blicks River Guardians’ spokesperson Meredith Stanton, “Major rainfall events have led to heavy metal contamination polluting the Clarence River at Timbarra in 2001, the Macleay River at Bellbrook in 2009 and at North Parkes a gold and copper mine spill killed birds in 1995. There are many more documented examples across NSW and more than 500 derelict mine sites that companies have walked away from leaving a legacy for NSW taxpayers.”
The Blicks River Guardians consider mining to be an inappropriate land use on the Dorrigo Plateau and aim to protect our high rainfall area from future mining development. Local communities rely heavily on tourism and the local agricultural industry. The risks that an open cut mine would bring to our catchments are not worth the few jobs that might be available to local people if mining development were to be approved.
BRG will be asking the NSW election candidates where they stand on mining in our water catchments.
To ask the candidates about important local issues come along to the public event at:
Dundurrabin Community Centre, Armidale-Grafton Road, Dundurrabin.
Date: Sunday 15th March 2015
4 - 6pm—Meet the Candidates. Afternoon tea provided
6 - 7pm—Dinner. Bring a plate to share.
7 - 9pm—Music. Noam Blat
For event information call 02 6657 8040.