The many people who have fought so hard to protect this prime food-producing land from environmental destruction feel devastated at this short-sighted, callous decision.
How could the Environment Protection Agency approve an open-cut mine, which will be dug hundreds of metres below sea level right next to St Vincent Gulf? This is environmental destruction, not protection.
Added to that, having a huge tailings dam so close to the coast poses a great risk of toxins entering the gulf during extreme weather. Another concern is further pressure on the River Murray. Fresh water from the river will have to be added to saline bore water to process the ore body. Yet another ugly legacy of this mine will be a huge dump containing waste rock that will remain once the mine is finished in 13 years. There is no requirement for rehabilitation of this mess.
I ask investors in the Hillside mine to think about whether they really wish to be involved in this disastrous project, one that comes at a great cost to the environment and one that will change the beautiful, agriculturally significant Yoke Peninsula irrevocably.
Bill Moloney, Arthurton