THE wider Gloucester community has been invited to gather in Billabong Park this Saturday at 10am for "A Quiet Walk" to acknowledge the cost of mining expansion.
Impacts on health, our agricultural and tourism-based industries and water security are just some of the costs Gloucester residents expect to bear if Rocky Hill Mine is approved, and are already borne by residents near Stratford and Duralie mines,Julie Lyford, of Gloucester Groundswell, said.
"We are finding that many people in and around Gloucester want to have a say about how the Rocky Hill Mine proposal will affect them.
"This walk is not a protest, or a rally, but a quiet way for ordinary people to acknowledge the cost that mining expansion in the Gloucester Valley is imposing on them and their families," Julie said.
The walk will proceed along the footpath in Church Street, circling back to the park around 10.40am when participants will create an exhibition of signs that state the cost to them of mining.
Julie Lyford will conclude the walk with a brief talk on the reasons why a sustainable Gloucester is still a real possibility.
Meanwhile, GRIP (Gloucester Residents in Partnership) is seeking support to oppose the establishment of the Rocky Hill open-cut coal mine just 3.5kms from Gloucester's residential area and 4.5km from Gloucester High School.
The mine would be in the Avon Valley, part of the headwaters of the Manning River.
If you would like to help go to http://www.rockyhell.com/ - click on the link 'take action' and forward a submission to the State Planning Department. Applications close October 28.