Green sets ‘sail’ to inspect rivers at risk from pollution
THE Greens NSW spokesman on mining Jeremy Buckingham will raft the Nymboida and Macleay Rivers this weekend with local councillors and residents to understand the environments and communities that are under threat from mining polluting these rivers.
Mr Buckingham will raft the Nymboida with local councillors Bob Palmer and Sally Townley (Coffs Harbour) and Dominic King Bellingen as well as environmentalists.
The Macleay River is already heavily polluted from historic gold and antimony mining at Hillgrove, while the clear waters of the Nymboida-Clarence Rivers are threatened by proposed gold and antimony mines at Wild Cattle Creek and Dundurrabin.
"I'm really excited about rafting these mighty rivers, seeing the beautiful country, and improving my understanding of just what is at stake with these decisions about mining at the top of these catchments," Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.
"I've previously visited Hillgrove, Wild Cattle Creek and Dundurrabin and talked to many local residents.
"The Greens do not oppose all mining, but mining toxic materials at the top of catchments, particularly in areas of high rainfall, is a dangerous idea that should be opposed."
September 27-28 - Rafting the Nymboida River
September 29- paddling the Macleay River