Silence on court order deafening
THE first time Shelley Griffin knew anything had changed between herself and mining company Anchor Resources was when a journalist rang her this week.
"He told me my complaints about the unsatisfactory rehabilitation of drill sites had been upheld, with the company fined $2500 and directed to complete the rehabilitation of my land to the required standard," the Dorrigo Plateau landholder said.
Anchor Resources has been conducting an exploratory drilling program for antimony on Mrs Griffin's land since 2009.
She still has not heard anything officially but says she is glad proactive measures are being taken.
"I'm not sure how they are going to rehabilitate it; the damage is very extensive. There is one patch where the grass still hasn't grown back after two years."
Anchor Resources' managing director Ian Price, who was appointed in June last year when the company was bought by Chinese-owned Shandong Jinshunda Group, said the damage had been done under the previous management.
"We have appointed environmental consultants, Coffey Geotechnics Pty Ltd to prepare a rehabilitation plan," Mr Price said.
"The plan will be approved in consultation with the landowner and the Department of Trade, Investment and Energy. We want it to be done to the right standard."
Mrs Griffin said she did not think the fine would stop companies from doing anything they liked.
"They were using my water and storing antimony on my land. My land is at Lower Bielsdown between a State Conservation Area and National Park."
The Department said it attempted to contact the landholder several times prior to the release of the remediation order.