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05/11 - Palerang expresses concern over mine

Supporters and opponents of an underground gold mine proposed for Majors Creek went head-to-head yesterday at a local council meeting in Braidwood.

Cortona Resources' Dargues Reef gold project is expected to generate up to 80 jobs but the suggested economic benefits are being weighed against the impact on the environment and community.

Palerang Council yesterday voted to express concern about the ''adverse implications'' of the project, about 60km south-east of Canberra.

It also voted to call for rigorous conditions to be imposed on the operations of the mine, where up to 354,000 tonnes of ore could be removed each year.

The NSW Government which will decide whether the mine project goes ahead is under no obligation to impose the conditions requested by the council. About 100 members of the public attended the council meeting, which was addressed by Cortona Resources managing director Peter van der Borgh.

Several local residents said they were worried that the mine would harm local waterways, animals and plants and that noise from the site would disturb people in Majors Creek.

Some residents were also worried about extra trucks on local roads, including on the busy Kings Highway, which many Canberra holiday makers use to travel to the South Coast. Mr van der Borgh said that there would be little or no ecological impact from the mine and the highest levels of safety and environmental protection would be maintained.

For more on this story, including details of the anticipated gold output of the mine, see the print edition of today's Canberra Times.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/palerang-express...

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