Olympic Dam protest raising public awareness of the impact of this desert megamine
VIDEO Outback anti-mining activists packing up http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-18/anti-mining-activists-pack-up-at-olympic-dam/4138668 July 18, 2012 The number of anti-mining activists is dwindling near the BHP Billiton mine in outback South Australia as most make their way home. The numbers peaked at about 350 as they demonstrated about the mine’s proposed expansion.
There have been more than a dozen arrests and protest organiser Nectaria Calan says the activists have achieved much of what they set out to do since last weekend. ”We have created more community dialogue about the issue,” she said. ”I think our message is getting out there, I think we are raising more awareness about the impacts of the expansion and also just reminding people that it’s here.
“I think it’s almost forgotten, it’s too far out in the desert and people don’t think about it. It’s not a daily concern for them.”
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