NO mining in the Wombat Forest. STOP the Gold mine!
  • Petitioned Australian Minister for Energy and Resources

This petition was delivered to:

Honorable Michael O'Brien
Australian Minister for Energy and Resources

NO mining in the Wombat Forest. STOP the Gold mine!

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      Occupy for Animals

Petition started by Occupy for Animals. For more information regarding this petition, please visit: 
http://www.occupyforanimals.org/wombat-forest-and-its-waters-under-threat-of-gold-mining-contamination.html  

 

A large gold mining operation (Mining license MIN5349) has secretively been given the go ahead in the Wombat State Forest (Victoria, Australia); 2km south of the Bullarto township, in the headwaters of the Heritage listed Lerderderg River. The four hectare open cut mine (half a kilometre long, 100 metres wide and 20 metres deep) has been approved without public consultation.

Given the proposed mines proximity to Crowley Creek and the Lerderderg River, the operation raises issues about erosion, sedimentation and heavy metal contamination of these waterways.

The site is currently covered by forest and provides habitat for a range of native fauna. All native vegetation will be totally destroyed, as well as a large number of wombat burrows that also occur on the site, and we presume along with the wombats that reside in them.

Wombat Forestcare has been led to believe that a small bond of $30,000 is to be paid and considers this to be totally inadequate to ensure that the proposed site is rehabilitated. There are many examples where small mining companies have come in, extracted the gold then the company folds, leaving rehabilitating the site up to the taxpayers.

If the mine goes ahead over 5,000 tonnes of extracted material will be trucked to Maldon for processing. These large trucks undertaking hundreds of trips will be travelling through Bullarto and past the local primary school, yet it appears that no Bullarto residents were consulted. The trucks will then undertake the 80km round trip damaging our local roads. It will be Hepburn residents that will have to foot the bill for road repairs not the mine owners.

Please help to protect the forests, native wildlife and waterways from unnecessary mining destruction by signing our petition. 

Thank you! 

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    • Melanie Pethybridge SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am doing a documentary for my resource and sustainability class, i am studying animal science and am very passionate about animal welfare and conservation and i can't bare to see innocent animals hurt over something that is only making our environment worse and speeding up the process of global warming. we need to think about future generations, not the immediate future.

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    • Jenny Heathcote LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      approved without public consultation?? save the Wombats

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    • Melissa Hopf HELENSVALE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      My Grandparents used to live on the edge of this forest, it was a beautiful, natural area, mining will destroy this. It is a "State" forest, so why does any private company have a right to mine there. This area is supposed to belong to the public. And the treatment of the animals in their own natural habitat is disgusting.

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    • mary leader AYLESFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      STOP THE CRUELTY>>>>> NOW

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    • Shirley Elliott CO DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      No animals should be deprived of their natural living environment because humans are too greedy to give a damn. Mankind needs to respect all creatures that we share this earth with.

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