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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I was only gone a minute

I’ve only been out for a week and whilst catching up I stumbled across this article on the Cooma Shire website;

Gold & Base Metals Mine (including open cut mine, ore stockpiles, treatment plant and private road)

Property Description 188 Chakola Road, Chakola
Lot 37//DP750568, Lot 66//DP750568, Lot 9//DP788585, Lot 1//DP976760, Lot 105//DP750568, Lot 18//DP750568, Lot 19//DP750568, Lot 20//DP750568, Lot 41//DP750568, Lot 102//DP657899, Lot 6//DP788585
Applicant's Name Capital Mining Limited
Application Number 132/09/DA
A development application has been received in respect of the above property. The proposed development is considered both Designated Development under Section 77A and Integrated Development under Section 91 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The full Application and accompanying documents may be inspected at Council's Environmental Services Division at 81 Commissioner Street, Cooma during normal business hours, or at the Department of Planning's regional offices at Wollongong (Level 2, 84 Crown Street, Wollongong) or Queanbeyan (Suite U107, 1st Floor Riverside Plaza, 131-139 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan.

So what does this mean to me – a lot, Chakola is only 5km south of us. An open cut mine of approximately 66km2 will have untold effects on the ground water resources of our area, not to mention the damage a spill from a slurry pit could have on the Murrumbidgee River.

What they are looking for – or have found, as well as gold is tellurium. For those not familiar with tellurium it is used to make a lot of modern day items including Solar PV panels. If I’m reading things right the vein runs 14kms north towards Colinton, which means it runs strait through our property – just dandy. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

1 comment:

sbyrnes said...

Hi I was reading your blog and wondered if you would consider submitting this as a letter to the editor, I am sure there are others who share your concerns about this project. Please phone me on 64 52 10 66 to discuss it.