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Is this the next Bentley? New doco highlights value of Clarence River amid mining proposal

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A documentary that follows the adventurous journey of two locals as they paddle down the Clarence River near Grafton and discover mining plans for the region will be screened in Lennox and Bangalow.  

The synopsis for Rivertree reads, ‘As Hayley and Dan navigate the river, they uncover the mining industry’s risky plans to extract rare-earth minerals from the hills behind their home’. 

‘Along the way, they meet local communities who share their stories, concerns, and hopes for the future of the river’. 

Daniel Ross, Surfer and Educator, passionately states, ‘The health of the Clarence River directly impacts the ecology and health of the surrounding beaches along with the places we love to play. Why on earth would we risk it all? Mining anywhere near a precious water source is madness.’

Rivertree is narrated by Yaegl Elder, Aunty Lenore Parker.

Local surf champ, David Rastovich, says, ‘This place is thriving. We don’t need a new industry to come in and threaten everything for the profit of a few.’ 

Screenings of Rivertree will be held a Lennox Head Cultural Centre, on Thursday May 30 from 6.30pm, and Bangalow A&I Hall, on Thursday June 6 from 5.30pm. 

For tickets, visit www.humanitix.com to book a free ticket.

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