Meeting to discuss risks posed by rare earth mining

A MEETING will take place tomorrow night to discuss what organisers say are the radioactive risks of mining at the proposed Toongi rare earth mine. A MEETING will take place tomorrow night to discuss what organisers say are the radioactive risks of mining at the proposed Toongi rare earth mine.

The meeting has been organised by Uranium Free NSW, an organisation that has grave concerns about Alkane Resources’ Dubbo Zirconia project, which received conditional approval last month.

If the mine was approved for production, organisers say, radioactive uranium and thorium would be extracted along with rare earths.

They remain concerned Alkane Resources lodged an expression of interest and was then invited to apply for a uranium exploration licence, despite the company stating it had no intention to mine uranium and lodged the expression of interest to protect its own interest in the Dubbo Zirconia Project.

Uranium mining remains banned in NSW but the Toongi area was thought to contain one of the state’s largest deposits of the substance, according to Uranium Free NSW.

Those lined up to speak at the meeting included Dr Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer specialising in the mining sector, campaigner on rare earths and the impacts of radiation on health Natalie Lowrey and Central West Environment Council spokesperson Bev Smiles.

Uranium Free NSW spokesperson Kerry Laws said uranium posed risks to human health, water and the environment, and increased exposure to workers or local communities could lead to cancers, birth defects, stillbirths and genetic mutations.

“Before the go-ahead is given to an open-cut rare earths mine at Toongi, local residents need to consider the impacts of radioactive particles and gases blowing over the central west for the next 20 to 80 years,” she said.

Bev Smiles from the Central West Environment Council said people in central west NSW were concerned the NSW government had targeted the area to open up uranium mining in the state.

She described the mine as “a foot in the door that will expose the people, their water sources and the environment to the risks of radioactive contamination”.

Speaker Natalie Lowrey said the radioactive and toxic substances released into the environment in rare earth processing and refining were a serious concern.

“Radioactive materials, in particular, cannot be seen, they cannot be touched and cannot be smelt,” she said.

“The smallest dose has the potential to cause risks to human health.”

Alkane Resources managing director Ian Chalmers said he was aware of the meeting but had not been invited to attend.

It will take place at the Western Plains Cultural Centre on Thursday at 6pm.

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Central Gippsland upsets GCL premier

TRARALGON and Central Gippsland made winning starts to their Gippsland Cricket League campaigns at the weekend.

The Tornados breezed past Warragul in a low-scoring affair, while Central Gippsland scored a surprise victory over Sale-Maffra.


Central Gippsland caused the big upset of round one by defeating last year’s premier Sale-Maffra.

The underdog went in without stars Rhys Holdsworth and Andrew Philip, who were trialling for Victoria Country, but managed a memorable heist in their absence.

Acting captain and veteran Anthony Bloomfield won the toss at Bundalaguah and proceeded to bat first.

Bloomfield peeled off a fine 55 at the top of the order and received great support from Daniel Siddle (30) and Fraser Smith (30) as the visitor finished with a competitive 9/167 from its 50 overs.

Rohan Diamond was Sale-Maffra’s best bowler with 3/14.

Sale-Maffra struggled with the run chase, but new skipper Jack Tatterson (43) stood up to the plate along with Josh Rurahwe (32).

The premier only lasted 40 overs and was dismissed for 143.

Tim Dowe (3/34), Chris Johnson (2/21) and Mitchell Cowell (2/28) starred with the ball for the unexpected victors.


Warragul elected to bat first at the picturesque Hallora Recreation Reserve but lived to regret the decision as the side collapsed to be all out for a miserable 89 off only 39.2 overs.

Trevor Gardiner (21) top scored for the home team, while Ben Julin was outstanding for Traralgon, capturing 5/25 off 8.2 overs.

He received great assistance from Todd Mann, skipper Michael Warne and Matt Golding.

Traralgon was able to reach the low target comfortably, losing five wickets along the way.

Jordan Gilmore steered his team to victory with an excellent 41 not out and Traralgon closed at 5/93.

Aaron Fawcett (3/37) was the stand out with the ball for Warragul.


Bairnsdale won the toss at Lucknow and decided to bat.

Prolific GCL batsman Ray Stevens notched a handy 51 and was well supported by Rohan Blanford, who contributed a valuable 47.

Bairnsdale finished with 180 off 49.1 overs.

Tim Wightman (3/28), Alan Jenkins (2/18) and Shane Dole (2/34) were best with the ball for Leongatha.

In reply Leongatha was cruising at 1/74, but collapsed to be all out for 118.

Only Thomas Wyatt (40) and Jason Wilson (25) could make any impression with the bat for the visitors.

Fine bowling from Nick Davies (3/12), Dion Holden (3/15) and skipper Marcus Latham (2/20) sealed the victory for last year’s runner up.

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Globe-trotting adventure

Kelly Krusic (pictured at Wimbledon) will officiate in her own backyard at the Traralgon ATP Challenger.GIPPSLAND school teacher Kelly Krusic has made a life travelling the world tennis circuit, without even lifting a racquet.

Krusic will be officiating during the Traralgon ATP Challenger 2 in November – just another stop on her tennis world tour.

The Sale-based teacher has officiated at tournaments across the globe, including the French Open, United States Open and the home of tennis, Wimbledon.

Despite her exposure to the international scene, Krusic said she always looked forward to coming home and working at regional events that brought the community together.

“It’s great to give something back to the sport, and players come from all over the world for these events so it’s exciting to get back to my roots where it all began,” Krusic said.

“It makes a great part time job while at university, and we are so lucky to be able to work at the Australian Open in our own back yard.”

Krusic started her career in tennis as a ball girl at the Australian Open in 1999 before volunteering in 2003 at Tennis Victoria when she met the officials and decided to give it a go herself.

Her ultimate goal is to umpire the women’s final at the Australian Open.

Tennis Australia officiating development coordinator Sof Megas said watching regional officials transition from local events to working at the Australian Open was a rewarding experience.

“It’s such an incredible opportunity to work at the highest level of a sport. We are so fortunate to have talented Victorian officials who represent us on the global stage,” Megas said.

Traralgon Tennis Association manager Susie Grumley, who has been heavily involved in the Challenger circuit since it came to the region last year, said it was beneficial to have high quality officials in Gippsland.

“It’s great for the quality of our tournaments here to have the support of local officials. We have so many great events here at the Traralgon Tennis Complex, and it’s great to see the community get involved at all levels,” she said.

Tennis Australia will offer locals the chance to be on court with some of Australia’s best players, with a training course in Traralgon on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

The course is free and registration forms will be provided on the day along with details for practical development leading up to the Bendigo Pro Tour.

For more information and to sign up, visitwww.tennis苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au/officials or phone Sof Megas on 0411 762 410 or [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au

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Making a splash to start the season

BACK FOR MORE: Samantha Pett returned to rowing for the first time in half a year for the season launch on Saturday on a successful day for Bathurst rowers. 083113psamTHE Central Tablelands Rowing Club started the 2014-15 season in perfect fashion at Penrith on Saturday, recording a number of standout efforts in the club’s first major regatta since the winter spell.

A team of 11 rowers went to the International Regatta Centre to race in the Rowing NSW season launch, the Spring Regatta.

The Central Tablelands Rowing Club group took part in singles, doubles and quads sculls racing and picked up three wins to do their coaches and support group proud.

Georgie Shiels took a win in the women’s novice single scull and clubmate Kayla Pett was in second, and that was followed by Ben Le Breton winning division four of the men’s D grade single scull.

Morgan Brooking was another winner, taking out division five of the men’s D grade singles.

Among the other eye-catching efforts was Ashleigh Brooking, who posted a personal best of four minutes, seven seconds in finishing second in the women’s D grade singles.

Club star Samantha Pett also returned to the water after a six-month lay-off due to a serious shoulder injury.

She picked up second in the women’s C grade single sculls second division.

Among the other placings were Ashleigh Brooking, with second in a division three women’s single sculls race.

Daniel Madden was second in the men’s D grade division one singles. Aaron Simmons and Nick Le Breton finished second and fourth respectively in division three.

Jackson Riley was another placegetter in D grade.

The team of Morgan Brooking, Nick and Ben Le Breton and Aaron Simmons were fourth in the men’s D grade coxless fours.

A team of Nick Le Breton and Simmons was fourth in the men’s D grade division two doubles, and Ben Le Breton and Morgan Brooking were third in division three.

“Most of them trained throughout the winter and went in a few Winter Series regattas, but they were generally for the novice rowers and not so much the more experienced ones,” club coach Joe Martin said.

“A few of them competed at a meet a couple of weeks ago at Nepean. I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they all went on the weekend, though – the results were outstanding.

“Samantha Pett was out of action for about six months and had surgery on her shoulder, but she looks like she is back and ready to go.

“Next up for us is the Hunter Valley Grammar School Regatta on Saturday week and that will be followed by another meet the following day. It will be a busy weekend.”

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Students assist in Compassion Shield

CAN COLLECTION: Pictured with cans collected, from left, Hayden Materne, Margaret O’Brien and Anne Roenfeldt (Lutheran Care), Brittny Connaughton (Nuriootpa High teacher), Nina Sims and Rachael Golder.Term three this year saw an enthusiastic cohort of year eight students from Nuriootpa High School engage in a new initiative during their extracurricular activities (ECA).

Over a two week period late last term students from all year eight home groups (nine classes) had a chance to give back to the community by donating cans to the local Lutheran Community Care in the Barossa.

Every week staff and volunteers and Lutheran Community Care meet with individual and families struggling to meet their financial commitments.

This project has been part of the Compassion Shield that has started this year.

The students accepted the challenge and starting bringing in numerous amounts of cans each day.

A total of 345 cans were donated by just the year eight students in the school which is an amazing effort to all involved. Food donations will go byhelp people who are struggling to put food on the table.

With Christmas around the corner this gesture has been a tremendous help.

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