The Orange Army is growing as more people become aware of what is under threat from Kalbar's absurd proposal to set up a massive open cut mine on a plateau above the Mitchell River and within 500metres of the Lindenow Flats vegetable growing area. 82% of directly impacted landholders do not want a mine on their land, a petition with 4,588 signatures asking the Minister to stop the mine was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on June 19 and more than 240 local business owners have signed petitions against the mine.
The proposed Fingerboards Mine is Victoria's Adani. There is not social licence for this incredibly destructive mine that will take massive amounts of water, and is completely unnecessary (there are many more less destructive and more viable deposits in Victoria and across Australia). It's hard to understand why the proposal was even allowed to start, let alone get to this stage.
The project is insane and we continue to do everything we can to try to stop it as it will cause so much irreversible damage to Glenaladale, to our local agriculture and horticulture industries, and most importantly to the Mitchell and Perry Rivers and the Gippsland Lakes.
Many people have helped with funds to develop our fighting strategy, purchase banners and signs, run public meetings, publish communications materials, etc.
We now need help to tackle the Environment Effects Statement, which is due to be released soon. There will be thousands of pages of technical information to get through and we have to hire experts to help with submissions and present at the hearings.
The process is geared so heavily against communities and the environment, but if we succeed in stopping them, we will be able to support other communities faced with the same threat.
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