After the wonderful success of the Paddle on the Macleay, the SOMR committee turned its attention once more to fact finding about Hillgrove Mines and the contamination of the Macleay River. SOMR, as recently as last week had several positive meetings with the major stakeholders, those being Bracken Resources of Hillgrove Mines, representatives of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and scientists from the University of New England (UNE). Below contains a link to a report about each of the meetings. The Hillgrove Mines as well as EPA representatives were given the opportunity to correct or add to the SOMR accounts and responded with some clarifications which we included.
Dr Susan Wilson from UNE summarized their findings about the Macleay River catchment in the attached letter to SOMR.
UNE letter to SOMR
Lock the Gate Film Screening Poster
Special screening of new coal and gas mining films
Two ground-breaking new films produced by the Lock The Gate Alliance will be screening at the Oddfellows Hall on Saturday the 30th November from 7pm.
The two 35 minute documentaries tell the powerful stories of Australians whose lives have been changed forever by coal and gas mining, and they show the potential for all regional communities to be affected by the massive expansion of mining activity right across Australia.
The films, Fractured Country: An Unconventional Invasion and Undermining Australia: Coal vs Communities, were directed by filmmakers Brendan Shoebridge and David Lowe from the Northern Rivers, NSW. Both films provide shocking examples of the impacts that both coal and gas mining are having on water resources and the risk they pose to drinking water catchments, farm water supplies and the Great Artesian Basin.