Open letter to John Barilaro

Dear John Barilaro:

In February 2013, Unity Mining's Andrew McIlwain reassured a public meeting in the Majors Creek hall that there would be no cyanide used at the Dargues Reef mine operation.

Suddenly we learn that a variation of the licence conditions is being sought to do exactly that.

What's more it's expected to get a tick during the silly season and before the March election.

I think it's really important for you and your government's credibility in Braidwood, Majors Creek and surrounds to ensure that the residents have a proper chance to digest and comment on this spectacular change of plan.

The Araluen Valley residents all the way to Eurobodalla will probably have a lot to say too.

Can you reassure us that the Planning Assessment Commission will give the public all the time needed to properly suggest options and not to rush into such a far-reaching and potentially dangerous decision?

It'll certainly be on their minds in March if cyanide has been added to the mix.

Paul Cockram



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