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On the 24th of July 2020 the Qld Government released a Public Notification of a draft Terms of Reference inviting comments for any person in relation to the draft TOR for the proposed Galalar Silica Mine project. Diatreme conducted negotiation with Hope Vale Congress who they refer to as the “Traditional Owners”. Hope Vale Congress only hold the land in trust on behalf of the traditional owners and the board is made up of only “ONE” representative from each of the 13 clans that make up the Guugu Yimithirr Nation. This land has historical, cultural and traditional significance to the First Nation people of Hope Vale and the sacred sites that have been identified within the tenement boundary. The majority of the First Nation people were not involved in the consultation process and their voices have been ignored to make way for mineral and silica sands company Diatreme. The sheer size (542 square km) of the tenement boundary and the number of exploration targets for minerals within the Hope Vale Aboriginal Freehold is astounding especially since one of the world largest silica mines, Cape Flattery is already operating within the tenement boundary. Allowing the Nob Point Mine to commence will have an adverse effect on the land, sea and waterways within the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire and Cook Shire. It is proposed that an export option via Cooktown loading is being considered. This involves double road trains transporting silica sands from Nob point to Marton via the Hope Vale Shire and Cook Shire access roads. Marton is a residential area with a recreational boat ramp to the Endeavour River. Our roads are NOT suitable for such a high volume of traffic daily. Our roads being so narrow raises serious issues concerning road safety from residents as this road has one of the highest vehicle traffic volumes in the region. Local residents are also very concerned with the health implications involving the transportation of silica sand. Galalar Silica Mines project is too high risk and also has the potential to increase in SIZE!! We must STOP Galalar Silica Mine because of the affect it’ll have on native flora and fauna, wildlife, reefs, roads, and the additional health impacts due to silica dust and the devastating impact it will have on cultural heritage and traditional practices. The Queensland State government and Australian Federal Governments must both immediately undertake a review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act and urgent action needs to be taken to strengthen the legislation to protect sites that have cultural and historical significance to the First Nations people that will be adversely affected by this mining activity. This is a community run petition PLEASE help us stop Diatreme’s mining interests immediately before it destroys the land, water ways, flora and fauna and sea country.