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No Cyanide for Majors Creek

Published on Nov 16, 2014

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Andrew McIlwain from Unity Mining addresses a public meeting in Majors Creek on Feb 10 2013.

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This is a useful site, unlike coverage in the Braidwood Times. Canberra Times coverage is in contrast informative -  find  Thistleton/ CT via Internet. If the new conditions recently announced by Dargues  were approved  Braidwood would see  6 truckloads of sodium cyanide pellets annually through its streets.  Skilled jobs might increase but would require non locals. There would be a longer mine life than promised, plus probably increased use of the site for regional processing as more ore bodies are found. An on site furnace would smelt the ore. Planning regulations are not likely to allow these and other changes to be treated as  minor modifications. Other towns have rejected on site processing. A new planning application would  further delay the earning capacity of Dargues; as it  shares are near worthless that would  likely be catastrophic for the company. Hence the declared intention to  recast major modifications as amendments: to save time and money.

A few low level jobs will no doubt flow from the Dargues mine. However the CEO at a recent Majors Creek meeting in my view implied that previous spills were due to the employment of underskilled locals . Thus the better paid jobs will attract outsiders mainly.  Furthermore  house values around here depend in large part on the National Trust  status of Braidwood and the on the charming and friendly atmosphere of the village of Majors Creek. But if this is marred by large trucks conveying sodium cyanide through  the streets of Braidwood and on to Majors Creek, by the noise and light pollution of processing on site, of the dangerous use of sodium cyanide when more costly but safer alternatives exist,  when a cash strapped company may  be unable to pay for a disaster thus off loading the costs of remediation onto local tax and rate payers, then we may well query the NSW government's intent to  shorten the time allocated to question mining approvals. Governments  are supposed to protect their citizens not pander to corporations, Capitalism without morality cannot  claim democratic credentials. Furthermore even economically the outlook is bleak. House values will decline by at least 30% once it is known that a toxic and noisy mine is to be imposed upon a beautiful part of NSW. This is in short   a transfer of wealth from local householders to urban investors and  international mining companies, which    offload financial  obligations onto governments. The recent  disasters at gold mines in Colorado and elsewhere demonstrate how easy it  is to abscond and leave huge debts to local taxpayers. Bendigo is at present trying to claim costs of environmental damage from Henty mine operations there . Just research the matter and you will learn all you need to know.

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