The Drip and Corner Gorges are part of a river corridor that is culturally and aesthetically significant to the region and used for recreational and educational purposes. The Drip (and walking track) and southern cliff of the Corner Gorge, formerly Crown Lease land, was recently converted to freehold title (privatised) and is now fully owned by the Moolarben Coal Mine (80% Yancoal). Moolarben Coal Mine has just released its revised STAGE 2 plans for open cut and underground mine expansion. The company was asked by community, council and government (OEH & Planning) to include The Drip and Corner Gorges in its proposed “offset package” as partial compensation for loss of biodiversity, riparian habitat and community amenity but rejected the proposal. The current Moolarben Stage 2 Preferred Project Report (PPR) (Project Number: 08_0135) offset package DOES NOT include The Drip and Corner Gorges being transferred into the adjoining Goulburn River National Park. It therefore does not ensure ongoing public access and the long term protection and management of this magnificent river corridor.
This is at a critical stage – we need to show once again there is wide public support for the inclusion of The Drip and Corner Gorges into the adjoining Goulburn River National Park in order to ensure ongoing public access and its long term protection and management.