MINING : Whether we want it or not!

Mining operations on the Manning River and adjoining catchments
Of the worlds water only .03% is fresh mobile water
By Tania Geale

The Manning River and adjoining catchments are a part of the of the world's fresh mobile water. The photos on this website page have been inspired by the aggressive expansion of mining operations on fragile landscapes supporting water and food in the Manning Region. All of the Manning Valley and adjoining catchments are now layered with mining leases.

Other industries connected to mining have thrived, for example logging of the Manning River Mountains or Manning River water sheds from the Mummel (North West Region) to Barrington Tops (West Region) is making way for mining exploration, as stated in mining company reports.
Environmental departments and mining companies answer questions about polluting the Manning River with the use of words like "management" and "monitoring." A language designed not to directly answer questions about water and air pollution. This strategy will not protect the water quality, there are two companies who currently have permission to discharge mine waste into the Manning and Karuah Rivers from open cut pits.

Lack of communication between local councils and knowledge as to where our water comes from has been a major contributor in not getting information through to the people.

This website page is designed to...
• Help close the information gap, from one end of the river to the other.
• Create awareness through images and basic information.
• Record progression of industries on the Manning and adjoining
   river catchments.
• The first of these images are of the Karuah River catchment as
mining operations have accelerated. With mining company's purchase of the last property operations can be seen from the road between Wards River and Stroud. Drilling or dewatering of springs and creeks flowing into the Karuah River are in progress ready to open cut coal mine. This same coal bed comes through to the Manning River.

The Manning River

Updated April 2012
Image-1.-Introduction.jpg, 165kB The Manning River is made up of over 358 rivers and creeks sustained through springs, alpine wetlands and swamps. The geology supporting Manning River water and its environment is full of heavy mineral. These minerals remain dormant in their natural settings and have, through mineral processing the potential to interact. Processing of heavy minerals has the potential to release radioactive elements into the environment. The existing coal mine has permission to discharge its waste dam into the Manning River system during flood. An application for a second open cut coal mine has been submitted to Gloucester Council. The main elements of coal are uranium and thorium, radioactive contamination of water and soil is irreversible and can affect the reproductive system of plants, animals and humans which can cause birth defects under development and cancer.

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The area within the rectangle represents the approximate area of coal bed, around 25km wide by 50km in length. The coal bed is close to the surface suitable for open cut coal mining. One hundred and ten gas wells have been approved in this area - stage one of coal seam gas mining. This area contains hundreds of natural springs and supports a large part of the Manning and Karuah Rivers.
To view the names of the 103 creeks and rivers of the Karuah River click here.

Image-3.jpg, 169kB (Open cut coal mine on Manning River catchment) The main elements of coal are Uranium and Thorium. This is coal mine is on the Manning River catchment and has permission to discharge from its waste dam into the Manning River catchment. Map Reference - E5
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Waste dam on Manning River Catchment, permission has been granted to discharge into flood waters. Map reference - E5
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Discharge from the waste dam moves through this area during flood before entering the Manning River. Map reference - E5
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(Landscape photo) This is a portion of the landscape for new mining operations. Applications for a new open cut coal mine has been submitted to Gloucester Council 2012. Map Reference - E3
Exploration drilling on the Manning River Catchment. Map reference E4
Tree planting for screening mine operations.
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Tree planting for screening mine operations.

Karuah River

Karuah River The Karuah River is made up of around 97 creeks supporting towns and local fishing industries with clean water. The Karuah Creeks run from as far north as Gloucester tops and Wards River Township. All of the Karuah River Creeks are layered with recent mining leases. Details showing the position of the Karuah Creeks can only be found on the 1:250 000 Typographical maps around 12 of these maps are needed to cover the entire area

Heavy Machinery with Police Escort

heavymachinery.jpg, 63kB Heavy Machinery going towards the Northern Karuah Creek beds is used for open cut coal mining and is escorted by police.
progressionofopencutcoalmine.jpg, 63kB Extensions for open cut coal mining over Karuah River.
Drillingpreparation.jpg, 111kB 26/11/11 Drilling to open cut coal mine all of the Karuah Creek flats in this image. The water for these dams overflow into a Karuah Creek and relies on underground springs.
drillingforopen-cutcoalmine.jpg, 114kB Ridges and Creek flats Water from the Karuah Creeks will be used to separate and wash coal from the Karuah Creek flats and other minerals from the ridges. waterqualitybelowdrillpipes.jpg, 140kB Water quality in creek below drill pipes. Multiple drill holes bored at the head of a Karuah River Creek.
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Mining operations blocking access to water ways Karuah River