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May 7, 2021

Land threatened by loggers and gold mine

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Further to your reporting on the Whian Whian logging blockade. I have a friend who lives on a property adjoining World Heritage listed Mt Hyland Nature Reserve near Dundurrabin, northwest of Dorrigo.

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.

Right next door, NSW Forestry have been logging for years, just far enough off the track to hide the massive ecological destruction of unique ecological communities of flora and fauna.

But that’s not all. Now they have granted exploration leases to  a huge Chinese mining company to mine for gold and antimony and with huge deposits being found there it’s just a matter of time before full mining leases are granted – but not many people know about this; it’s being kept under wraps and it’s a small community up there.

This mining area is at the headwaters and is the source of pure drinking water from Yamba to south of Coffs Harbour to Sawtell.

The mining will destroy forest and pollute the beautiful Blicks and Clarence rivers with toxic chemical waste, leaving a toxic wasteland where there is now unique and diverse forest types.

Not to mention killing the platypus, rare frogs and the many other lifeforms threatened with extinction in this area.

This is another Franklin River!

The local community have formed a group called the Blicks River Guardians, which will be launching a website shortly to bring world attention to this crime against humanity.

Their catch cry is ‘Water is more precious than gold’ and their story needs to be told to the rest of Australia and the world.

It would be great for all the groups to get together and support each other in a groundswell of ‘people movements’ to bring change to the politics of greed and destruction that our governments perpetuate.

They sell off our long-term heritage with their short-term thinking.

Denise Morden, Byron Bay


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