Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Locals Want Miner to Lift Anchor and Leave

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Locals Want Miner to Lift Anchor and Leave

Article excerpt

CONCERN is growing in the tiny town of Tyringham on the Dorrigo plateau as 96% Chinese-owned Anchor Resources continues its exploratory drilling programs.

Tyringham resident Kathy Realph said with the plateau identified as a refuge for wildlife already under threat from climate change, mining would be devastating.

aWe simply do not understand how Anchor can have a licence for a prospective site adjacent to the Mt Hyland Nature Reserve,a Mrs Realph said.

She said the plateau was also located in the overlap zone of the New England Tablelands and the NSW North Coast bio-region, making it an area of extremely high biodiversity.

aThis area is recognised internationally as a biodiversity hotspot.a

Those campaigning against mining on the plateau have the support of Coffs Harbour City councillor Mark Graham, who has warned of the possible contamination of waterways.

aThere are more than 100,000 people who receive water from this catchment under the Coffs Clarence Regional Water Supply,a Cr Graham said. …

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