Bass Lodge statement on Mining interests in the Macleay Valley:
There are a number of very concerning developments underway in relation to mining activities in the upper Macleay catchment area.
The gorges east of Armidale have a number of metals that are attractive to big business and are therefore may be subject to mining interest. Unfortunately, mining activities release heavy metals into the environment and in times of flood and high rainfall these pollutants ultimately find their way into the Macleay River, drinking water and pasture lands.
Bass Lodge would like to state clearly that it supports all activities that improves communication and engagement by mining interests of all stakeholders of the Macleay River. It also states that governments making decisions should balance the short term interests of mining groups with the long term needs of the communities, businesses and ecosystems that are affected by mining activities. If there is no scientific proof that mining activities will maintain the enviironment in its existing state then there can only be one decision and that is to prevent such activities from occuring. If there is any doubt or risk in a given decision then monitoring should be the minimum requirement for the peice of mind of statkeholders and to hold the correct people fully accountable for any mistakes. For example, if antiomony is to be reprocessed at Hillgrove then independent monitoring should be implemented below the mine so that all people can benefit from knowing that the river is unaffected.
I travel overseas a lot and have witnessed environmental disaters associated with short-term big business interests dominating strategic planning. It is a simple statement that there is only one Macleay River and only one chance to maintain its natural beauty and ecology for generations to come. We the people of NSW and Australia need to think what legacy we leave behind.
Dave Thomson BSc. Hons.
Unfortunately the Ron Sattler Memorial Macleay river fishing will not be held in 2013.
Bass Kempsey are running a competition from Blackbird Flat on the 22, 23 and 24th February 2013. Interested anglers should contact Peter Midson on 0412 522 223
For photos and further information on the 2011 Ron sattler memorial competition please click on the links below.