The Coastwatchers Association Inc. is the leading community environmental and conservation group serving the South Coast of NSW, principally in the Shire of Eurobodalla between Narooma and Batemans Bay.
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Doubts have been cast over the independence of a NSW marine park advisory body after a senior Liberal minister appeared to indicate to a meeting of recreational fishers he had influence over the make-up of the committeee.
at the top of the Corn Trail in Monga National Park near Braidwood,
NSW. Voting open through 2019. Voting will help the campaign to
protect quoll habitat being logged next to the Corn Trail near
Braidwood just an hour from Canberra.
October 2018 the photo won the British Natural History Museum,
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Highly Commended Award in the
Animals in their Environment category.
federal election candidates forum Where: Club
Sapphire, 119 Main Street, Merimbula, 2548 When: Friday
22 February from 6-7.30pm Light
snacks provided and drinks available for purchase at the bar
Embassy Media Release
12 February 2019 with statements from the speakers at the National
Forest Uprising rally on 13 February outside Parliament House Prof
Don White, Chair of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW,
Robertson, National Forest Campaigner for the Wilderness Society and
Senator Janet Rice.
Bush – (22 mins
video) Take a behind the scenes look at Australia’s forests, the
people who work in them and the industry they support.
Dear Corn Trail supporters
There has been steady
media following publicity of the logging next to the Corn Trail.
Online links plus events and online actions to support the forests
events coming up this and next week.
film clips released by David Gallan
media links and attachments including a Greater Glider and Economics
Fact sheet by Dr Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe AM
for David Gallan’s spotted tailed quoll photo taken in Monga
National Park at the top of the Corn Trail.
the online petition to Stop Native Forest Logging by 2020.
Please let your friends
and family know about the National Forest Uprising Rally in Canberra
this week on a sitting week at noon. Speakers include Peter
Robertson, National Campaign Manager and veteran forest campaigner
from the Wilderness Society, Prof. Don White Chairperson Nature
Conservation Council NSW and Janet Rice Greens Senator. Friends of
the Forest (Mogo) and Braidwood people are attending with a Don’t Log
the Corn Trail presence. Organised by the Forest
Embassy based at Central Tilba.
VOTE FOR DAVID GALLAN’S SPOTTED TAILED QUOLL PHOTOGRAPH taken at the top of the Corn Trail in Monga National Park near Braidwood, NSW. Voting open through 2019. Voting will help the campaign to protect quoll habitat being logged next to the Corn Trail near Braidwood just an hour from Canberra. In October 2018 the photo won the British Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Highly Commended Award in the Animals in their Environment category.
operators/owners of the Dargues Gold Mine, Diversified Minerals Pty
Ltd, will be holding a community information session to provide:
update on the current status of the project,
activities over the next 12 months.
project update will cover
members of the construction and management team.
be taken during the session, however discussions will be welcome
after the formal talk. The meeting will break for tea/coffee and
participants are encouraged to approach company members of the
construction and management team with questions.
Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee
was discovered at Majors Creek in 1870. Mining commenced in 1871 and
lasted until 1890. It recommenced during the First World War from
1914 until 1916.
the Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek was again proposed in 2009.
Approval was granted in 2012, after an unsuccessful appeal to the
Land and Environment Court by Coastwatchers and others. Initial site
works were completed in late 2013, and the mine was then placed into
‘care and maintenance’, while further development approvals were
sought by Unity Mining Limited, including the on site processing of
the gold using cyanide.
a major campaign by local environmental groups (including
Coastwatchers) and the public, the miner removed the application for
the use of cyanide. Approval to mine was granted in 2016 by the NSW
Planning Assessment Commission. Unity Mining was then acquired by
Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd, a private company based in Orange NSW.
of surface infrastructure commenced in early 2017 and continues to
this day. Work on the mine proper commenced in May 2018, and will be
ongoing for some time. A cylindrical road will progress downwards to
a great depth, and all ore will be trucked to the top along this
ore will be semi processed in a processing plant, with construction
of this plant commencing in January 2019. The ore was to be then
finally processed into ingots at Parkes, but that was not approved.
The gold concentrate will now be shipped in containers to Port Kembla
and taken off shore for processing. This is years away and apparently
China has withdrawn agreement. The option of final processing at the
company’s Henty mine in Tasmania, may still be considered.
The Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee was formed in 2011. It meets quarterly at Majors Creek and comprises an independent Chair, the miners, local government and members of the community. The CCC works well principally because the Chair is truly independent and highly professional. The Minister for Planning makes all committee appointments and the Chair is the only one remunerated.
miner is in the process of submitting a new amendment to the existing
approval (Modification 4). It is in 3 parts, two of which are
administrative, and one which theoretically impacts on ground work.
The first matter is that the miner has acquired an adjoining farm and that addition has to be added to their overall holdings specified in the existing DA. It may have been acquired to reduce noise complaints.
Secondly, the company structure of the Miner altered when Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd (unlisted) purchased Unity Mining Limited (was ASX listed- not now). A new company has been added to the mix called Dargues Gold Mine Pty Ltd, which is the operator of the project. This may present another legal impediment in the event of noise or other problems, particularly a massive spill into the Deua National Park and the Deua River.
The third issue involves the relocation of the proposed new vehicular crossing over Spring Creek, to remain at the existing creek cross over point. Spring Creek is the initial tributary of the Deua River. This appears to be preferable in all regards, especially environmental degradation, and may have been over-looked when Modification 3 was considered.
It is proposed that this new Modification 4 will be lodged with NSW Planning by 30 November 2018 and placed on public exhibition from 3 December for 2 weeks to 17 December 2018. The CCC next meets on 18 December. There has been strong objection to this timing, expressed with the opinion that it should be exhibited until the end of January 2019. It is not the substance of the modification proposed, but an abuse of the public scrutiny process, which includes the CCC.
26 November 2018
Our thanks to Richard Roberts, a Coastwatchers member and former Secretary, who is currently a member of the Dargues Reef Mine Community Consultative Committee.
Meeting – Rural Lands Strategy 18 November 2018
public meeting will be held on Sunday 18th
November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee to raise awareness
and engage with the community about the effects of the proposed Rural
Lands Strategy (RLS). This meeting follows on from that held at
Mossy point and the recent meeting at Mogo which was facilitated by
the shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch and the ALP
candidate for Bega Leanne Atkinson. The Eurobodalla Shire is pushing
on with its contentious RLS with Mayor Liz Innes repeatedly assuring
residents that “it’s a done deal” and no further action from the
Public will make any difference. In fact the changes require sign
off by the NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts and with a state
election coming up in March there is plenty that can be done.
concerned about the nature of development in our shire are welcome to
come along to this public meeting. Speakers, community group stalls
and maps on display will help the public identify the areas concerned
and what’s being proposed.
a nut shell – the proposal will open up land to development across
the whole shire and will impact adversely on coastal land, wetlands
of national significance like Waldron’s Swamp and areas known to
contain threatened species like the Yellow Bellied Glider. The
RLS proposes to change the zoning, watering down environmental
constraints important for protecting these wetlands and other areas
of high conservation value. It
will open up land for development which may significantly change the
character of many areas of our shire. Many businesses that rely on
the natural part of the Nature Coast could be adversely affected.
of the areas that will become open to development are sites that back
onto our waterways. This will affect water quality, fish stocks,
oyster beds, and adversely impact our estuaries and beaches.
growers are also very concerned about the impact of the proposed
changes, noting that the pristine waterways of the Shire are of
utmost importance to their businesses, and that increased development
along creeks, rivers and lakes will endanger this multi million
dollar Eurobodalla industry.
The cumulative impact of
this RLS together with other proposed developments will adversely
affect the nature of the Nature Coast.
meeting is on Sunday 18th
November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee
Media Contact: Kathryn Maxwell, Chair Southcoast Health and
UPDATE ON THE RURAL LANDS STRATEGY/PLANNING PROPOSAL OCTOBER 2018
Most of you will be aware that Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted the Rural Lands Planning Proposal on 28 August 2018 as exhibited with only very minor changes.
Our monitoring suggests some 1100 submissions were received by Council by 28 August 2018. Of these, around 1000 objected strongly to the Planning Proposal and called for its withdrawal for an expert community review including by the NSW State Agencies which Continue reading →