Antimony mining in Coffs Harbour sees opposition

A potential antimony mining project in Coffs Harbour has drawn environmental concerns, with fears it may damage the region’s water.

Anchor Resources recently released a scoping study for the antimony project near the headwater of the Nymbodia River, the ABC reports.

However, shire Greens councillor Mark Graham has voiced concerns that the project may leak minerals, which could damage the water supplies of more than 100 000 people.

He called on the Coffs Harbour council to reject Anchor’s project.

“I’m seeking a resolution of council to state our strident opposition to this proposal,” Graham said.

“To notify our community of the risks of mining in our catchment area, and to make our opposition known to all relevant authorities.”

Graham went on to say that antimony is extremely toxic and that “health impacts from antimony range from skin irritations, to headaches, nausea, vomiting, and ultimately death”.

“Once the catchment is contaminated there’s no way we can fix it,” he said.

“The best thing we can do by our community and for our future, and for our health, is to prohibit mining in this very sensitive area.”

Antimony is typically used in flame retardants, but also sees use in microelectronics and as an alloy with lead.

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