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Australia Sydney news: Dendrobium mine damages ancient Indigenous site, Ernies winners announced

01:15  02 october  2020
01:15  02 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Dendrobium coal mine is located underneath the metropolitan special area, which (ABC News : Billy Cooper). "This report reveals that precious rainfall that should be feeding Sydney 's dams and drinking water supply is being drawn into the polluting mining voids beneath the surface," she said.

"Following heavy rainfall over the weekend, South32 identified a structural issue with a sediment pond located at Dendrobium Mine 's Kemira Valley Coal Loading Facility which has resulted in a release of water containing fine coal particles into a nearby creek," the statement said.

Here's what you need to know this morning.

Damage to cultural sites

The ABC has revealed work at South32's Dendrobium mine south of Sydney has caused significant damage to ancient Indigenous sites.

Reports obtained by the ABC detail cracking and fracturing of sandstone overhanging the mine, with rock falling near charcoal drawings believed to be more than 6,000 years old.

Paul Knight from the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council said the licence granted by the State Government permitted the destruction.

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A government report has found coal mine west of Wollongong impacted on a local waterway in a way not predicted in the mine plan. Environmental scientist Dr Ann Young says the problem lies with licensing conditions that are too lenient so they have allowed environmental damage to legally occur.

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"They have to keep monitoring the sites but there is no repercussions from that … there is no compensation for the Aboriginal community that is losing this cultural heritage," he said.

Mining company South32 says it recognises the value and importance of cultural heritage sites and began an internal review of its approach in June.

Ernie awards for sexism

One Nation, private schoolboys and the entire council of the Order of Australia have been given the dubious honour of being recognised in this year's Ernie awards.

The annual awards call out misogynist behaviour and comments in Australian public life.

Former head of the Federation of Travel Agents Jayson Westbury took out the gold Ernie for his comments that A Current Affair host Tracey Grimshaw needed a "firm upper cut or a slap across the face".

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The mining firm says it is willing to speak to the current owners of the Panguna mine and the local community. It comes after Rio Tinto's boss and two other senior executives resigned earlier this month following the news that the company had destroyed sacred Aboriginal sites in Pilbara, Western

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One Nation's Pauline Hanson and senator Malcolm Roberts have been recognised for their comments on domestic violence and the family law system.

The Council of the Order of Australia has been called out for honouring men's rights advocate Bettina Arndt. Ms Arndt was also recognised in her own right, for the second straight year.

And the Shore School in Sydney has been awarded an Ernie for its misogynist muck-up day challenge.

Greg Norman golf resort falls through

Land intended to become a Greg Norman-designed boutique golf course south of Sydney is up for sale as the owner enters liquidation.

The world famous golfer flew into the former coal mine site in Avondale with owner Michael Guo from the Visionary Investment Group to unveil their plans in 2017.

They gained approval for a golf course, a 120-room hotel, day spa and 99 surrounding residential allotments.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery says the 500 hectare site will be very complex to develop due to multiple zonings.

Curbing holiday gridlock

Some eastbound motorists may be stopped in the Blue Mountains this public holiday Monday, to help prevent long queues on the Great Western Highway.

A Transport for New South Wales crew will stop vehicles at the bottom of Victoria Pass if there's a lot of traffic returning to Sydney to prevent cars overheating.

Data shows more than 30 vehicles broke down on that section of highway during the June long weekend, causing long delays and traffic congestion.

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The same policies that led to the Juukan Gorge blast are destroying millennia-old Aboriginal sites in NSW, but Indigenous leaders have only just been allowed to see what's happening to their history.The locked gates protecting Sydney's water catchment are helping conceal the legacy of mining damage to Aboriginal cultural heritage sites along the Illawarra escarpment.

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