Coromandel Watchdog Launches Campaign to stop mining on conservation land
Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki launched a campaign to stop mining on conservation land by holding a protest rally at Parakiwai Quarry Rd, Whangamata last Saturday.
The rally was held in an area that OceanaGold is exploring for gold (Wharekirauponga).
Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki says the company had tried to fund having Archey’s frogs, an internationally significant threatened species, moved out of their way.
Spokesperson Augusta Macassey-Pickard said, “This area is a classic example of land that should be protected, and we believe that there are many other examples across Aotearoa New Zealand. Drilling has been allowed to occur in the habitat of a fragile species, one that is already on the brink. The Archey’s frog, considered the number 1 threatened amphibian in the world due to it being more than 70 million years old and evolutionarily distinct, is only found in 2 places in Aotearoa, and this company wants to mine one of them. That is completely unacceptable.”
Coromandel Watchdog says the rally in the forest at Parakiwai is the beginning of a series of activities by Coromandel Watchdog and local groups to highlight why mining must not be allowed on land that has been set aside for conservation.
“We urge people all over the country to participate in next month’s public consultation on protecting DOC land from mining. We have to urgently protect biodiversity and forests for the sake of other species, the climate and our grandchildren.”