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27/01 - Independent inquiry call on Araluen mine

The Araluen and Major's Creek communities in the New South Wales south east have called for an independent inquiry into a proposed gold mine.

There is concern the Dargues Reef development will harm the surrounding environment, and people voted unanimously for an investigation this week.

Residents say the inquiry should use experts nominated by the community, but must be paid for by the developer, Cortona Resources.

A Greens Councillor on the Palerang Shire Council, Catherine Moore, says the mine paves the way for more damage.

"Many of us are concerned about the fact that this is going to be a huge operation if it goes ahead," she said.

"At the moment, it appears to be fairly restricted to Major's Creek, but the tentacles are out further afield in the exploration area that Cortona has taken the rights on."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/27/3122582.htm?site=illawarra

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