New South Wales
1. I live in Carcoar, my property backs onto the river. A river which me and my children and their grandchildren, and their children swim in every summer. The potential for the water to be poisoned by a tailings dam placed on the springs which feed the river, no matter how small a possibility is too big a risk! This is an intergenerational issue, it is not simply an issue of recreational wellbeing, but the wellbeing for all children of the farmers that are sitting all the way along this river to the Lachlan.
2. The springs that the tailings dam will be built on... springs that will be plugged forever, sit in a natural rain catchment bowl, one of significant farming history this is also a significant water table. It is general knowledge that the water table below Cadia Newcrest Mines is polluted, poisoned with heavy metals. Once again the potential for the Kings Plains water table to be polluted is at any level of possibility, one that is too great a risk!
3. The Belubula River is a tributary for the Lachlan food bowl, a tailings dam slump...would poison the river forever. Tailings dam slumps are way too common. Cadia currently has two slumps in its dam wall. Regis also had a dam all slump recently in WA.
4. Water is above all else crucial to sustaining our farms, our food, our livelihood, our wellbeing both physical and mental, our climate,
this proposed mine threatens all of these things.
5. This is a highly populated area, the mine 7 kms from a significant township may bring revenue initially, however dust from the mines will undoubtably drift on the east wind over the village, this revenue will be short lived and the environmental impact and health of the local inhabitants, too great.
* I have my own images of the significant dust cloud on a still day above Cadia mine as evidence.
6. Relationships have been affected by the division in the community, as the debate for and against the mines takes place.
7. Kings Plains is not just farming but an area of great natural beauty, beauty and geological structure that can never be rehabilitated.
8. This is a significant Indigenous heritage site.
9. There is also a koala colony and heritage trees.
10. A significant bee farm that builds bee colonies to support Bee farms in America which are failing sits on Kings Plains. This is a threat to the viability of this family owned business, one of many family owned business that will be negatively impacted by a mine on this site.
11. This proposed mines is causing great emotional pressure to me and many people that live and farm this area. At a time when the climate crisis is advancing at an alarming rate, gold is not necessary for feeding us and providing water for stock. There is enough gold above the ground to recycle for industry.