Your View: Death of paradise

GOOD morning people, or is it?

I see in the paper Yorke Peninsula Tourism keeps reporting how clean and green Yorke Peninsula is.

So why allow this proposed Hillside copper mine at Pine Point?

We have Windara Reef (good news) at Rogues Point.

What is the Environment Protection Authority doing about the mine? Has the EPA conducted any surveys?

We think the only people who want this mine are the ones with shares and most do not live over here in beautiful YP.

To me, all the public meetings about Hillside are just a smoke screen. Do they think we, the locals, are crash test dummies?

As always when big money is involved, everything goes out the window — the environment, people’s safety and health.

Let’s hope the government makes the right decision for all parties involved.

See you on the roundabout, people.

J. Gibson, Pine Point

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    M.Goodwin Wednesday, 08 August 2018 19:14

    The answer is simple Mr Gibson, we also need jobs. Its all good for the nearby landowners who have an income from farming but what about the rest of us ? Not enough tourists to have every local in Yorke peninsula working in the fish & chip shops or bottle shops. Even if the tourist numbers went up tenfold there is nothing here to spend their money on. Perhaps we should continue to go cap in hand to Canberra and ask for a larger share of the GST from WA and QLD where mining and export dollars is welcomed.
    As far as the Hillside mine goes its been on the cards for over a decade and the few people against the project have been doing everything in their power to stop it going ahead using every excuse under the sun and despite only planning to mine on their own land. Any dust at the mine site would be kept to a minimum through the use of water trucks which is more then can be said about the surrounding farmers. Maybe EPA should investigate the source of the current dust storms during dry season now before any mining begins because as soon as the mine is given the go ahead we all know who will be blamed any time there is a dust storm. The reef is more at risk from fertilizers and chemicals used on the farms then any copper mining actives.

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