Amid fear of water contamination, residents in the Coffs Harbour region are pressing the local council to deny a mining project.
Anchor Resources says its intentions to mine within the headwaters of the Nymboida River is part of an “advanced antimony project.”
The mineral explorer company has released a scoping paper on the project, but a local councillor has told the ABC antimony is a toxic mineral that could place the 100 000 residents who use the water supply at risk.
The Coffs Harbour council is under pressure to say ‘no’ to a mining project, that some fear will pose risks to the region’s water supply
"I’m seeking a resolution of council to state our strident opposition to this proposal," local Greens Councillor, Mark 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 says the catchment provides drinking water to residents between Yamba and Sawtell and contamination of the water would be disasturous.
"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.
"Health impacts from antimony range from skin irritations, to headaches, nausea, vomiting, and ultimately death."
Graham’s motion will be discussed at the next council meeting.
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