Heathcote meeting to discuss mine concerns

The Costerfield mine site.

The Costerfield mine site.

HEATHCOTE residents will meet with politicians, mining representatives, councillors and EPA staff on Friday to discuss concerns about the Costerfield mine. 

Up to 400 people are expected to attend the meeting, chaired by Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters. Planning Minister Matthew Guy is also expected to attend. 

Spokesperson Ian Magee said the meeting was planned after more than 200 Heathcote residents were found with antimony in their system; 29 out of 30 residents have also been found with levels of the naturally-occuring metal. 

It is believed the results are linked to the Mandalay Resources mine, located at Costerfield. 

A report commissioned by the Victorian government confirmed the elevated levels in the area but determined that adverse health effects were unlikely.

The community plans to file a class action against the mining company, saying antimony has a higher toxicity than arsenic and long term impacts are unknown.

The meeting will be held at the Heathcote RSL hall on Friday, July 25, at 7pm. 

The mining minister, chief health officer and Mandalay mine manager have been invited. 

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