Uranium mining on Fleurieu Peninsula
October 03, 2006 12:15am
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RESIDENTS of a Fleurieu Peninsula area earmarked for uranium exploration, are "extremely anxious" about the possibility of a mine on their doorstep.
The owners of several properties in the Glendambo area, between Yankalilla and Myponga, recently received letters from mining company Marathon, saying their land would be explored.
Although there are no plans for the development of a uranium mine at this stage, a large land search will take place.
Tanya and Anthony Roe who live near Yankalilla with their 15-month-old son, Lachlan, received notice two weeks ago.
"If they are spending time and money looking, presumably they are hoping to find something," Mrs Roe said.
"(A mine) would be disastrous for our health and the environment. It's a lose/lose situation." Premier Mike Rann, however, insists this will not happen.
"While I am Premier of this state, there will be no uranium mine established anywhere near the Myponga Reservoir," he said.
"Under Don Dunstan's 1971 mining act, companies have a legal right to explore. However this does not give companies the automatic right to develop or establish any mining activity."
The letter states that an appeal against the operation can be lodged within 21 days.
The most frustrating thing for Mrs Roe, however is that the exact details are vague.
"I was trying to call all last week but I can't seem to get on to anyone or get any information," she said.
"At this stage, I don't even really know when they are coming, or what exactly what they are going to do. But I know it will impact on our property."
During 1954 and 1955, uranium was mined in the area from the Wild Dog mine.
if mines were set up, it would be seriously buggered.
we own a farm in Wattle Flat, and Dad lives down there most of the time. It's dead in the middle of Yankalilla and Myponga and right near Wild Dog Creek and the old mines.
would just hate to see this happen