Concerned Costerfield residents gathered on Sunday to grill independent experts and government representatives about about the response to antimony contamination in the area.BARBARA SUNGAILA June 4, 2014 3:10am
Costerfield residents gathered on Sunday to discuss their concerns about antimony contamination in the area.
In a sometimes heated atmosphere, independent experts and government representatives fielded questions and discussed the speed of the government’s response to the situation.
Many residents believed the response had been too slow.
In the past two weeks the McIvor Times has reported several residents have registered levels of antimony well above normal and independent testing has shown high levels of antimony in some local water bodies.
Many residents believe dust from the Mandalay Resources processing plant has contributed to the problem.
A Department of State Development, Business and Innovation spokesperson confirmed consultants had been appointed to begin a comprehensive series of tests on dust levels and water bodies in Costerfield.
This testing was scheduled to begin on Monday.
A Department of Health spokesperson asked residents with health concerns to contact the department directly on 1300
The spokesperson provided an information sheet about antimony and its effects on health.
He restated the department’s belief that there was no immediate threat to health.
Mandalay Resources is supplying bottled water to all residents within 1.5km of its processing plant.
General manager Andre Booyzen has said the company will work closely with regulators and neighbours to investigate complaints about the impact of dust from the mine’s plant.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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