Caring for the Clarence
During the recent Fight for the Bight campaign, Dan Ross played a support role helping to organise paddle outs and keep the story in the news.
More recently he's found himself on the frontline with a two-pronged threat closer to home.
Rossy is from Yamba, located at the mouth of the mighty Clarence River - the king of the Northern Rivers. As a fishing, surfing, and holiday town, Yamba relies on the health of the Clarence.
It's come to light that a new copper mine has been proposed in Cangai, directly adjacent to the Mann River, a main tributary of the Clarence. Copper mining has a dubious record in Australia, the most recent example being the 2018 Walsh River and Jamie Creek disaster that turned the waterways, "into a toxic contamination zone", according to the ABC.
So Rossy and another Yamba local, Hayley Talbot, the first person to paddle the full length of the Clarence, are heading up a campaign to oppose the mine. However, their local MP will only take it to parliament if they get 10,000 signatures
Not clicks. Signatures. Real ones.
So they're asking everyone to print off this form, then sign it and get your family, co-workers and school mates, or just any old joe off the street, to also sign it and then post it to the address at the bottom. With an envelope and a stamp! Just like ye olden days!
In the above vid you'll hear Rasta mention the potential to dam the Clarence. The old boy ain't being melodramatic. You've no doubt been hearing about the worsening NSW drought and the Fed's lack of action. You may also have heard the longstanding rumours about a version of the Snowy River Scheme at the Northern Rivers that'll turn the rivers inland, including the Clarence.
In fact, while Rossy and Rasta, and filmmaker Nathan Oldfield were making the above clip, The Guardian used a Freedom of Information request to uncover work by the NSW State Government to reverse the flow of four rivers. From the article:
"The main focus of work in NSW has been on turning the headwaters of the Clarence inland via a network of pipes and pumps to feed it into headwaters of the Border rivers system."
However, that's another battle for another day. Right now, Rossy and Hayley need signatures and clicktivism won't cut it. So show your support and print, then sign, then lick, and send.