MP Andrew Stoner, NSW Soil Conservation Service, MP Robyn Parker: Consider Hillgrove Mine unsuitable for remediation of contaminated soil.
Thousands of cubic metres of antimony and arsenic contimated soil, currently located at Urunga, are being considered for containment and remediation at the Hillgrove Mine site.
Hillgrove Mine does not have a history of providing suitable containment or remediation facilities for contaminated soil. Hillgrove is situated at the Macleay River catchment headwaters, and has been responsible for previous contamination of this river with arsenic contaminated sediment and water in 2011. Many residents and livestock rely upon the Macleay for water supply.
Aside from heavy metal contamination being both a health and environmental issue that will have longstanding and widespread effect throughout the Macleay Valley, residents fear further damage to both property and areas of natural beauty as our valley is economically dependent upon tourism and farming.