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Mining The Blue Mountains

Follow the trail of polluting mines around the world heritage Blue Mountains river system

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ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH & WELLBEING

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  • DIRECTOR James O'Connor

  • PRODUCER James O'Connor

Synopsis

DURATION: 30 MINUTES

Dr Ian Wright has been investigating pollution from mines in the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains for over ten years. "Mining The Blue Mountains" takes you on a journey into the wilderness of Grose Valley and along its waterways with Ian and his team of water researchers. Mines have been synonymous with economic growth around NSW for over a century. However as these mines reach the end of their shelf life most are simply locked up and left to continue to pollute our river systems - so who cleans up the mess?

The documentary launched at a premiere screening at Mt Vic Flicks in the Blue Mountains to a sold out audience and then a Facebook premiere which has over 6,000 views. The film has been entered in a number of local and international film festivals and now we want to take it to a wider local audience!

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Mines have been synonymous with economic growth around NSW for over a century. However as these mines reach the end of their shelf life most are simply locked up and left to continue to pollute our river systems. There are some shocking examples in the Blue Mountains.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

This documentary aims to force the EPA and NSW state government to act on polluting mines to enforce remediation.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

NSW state Government and EPA to enforce mines remediation before closing and clean ups while in operation.

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

The call to action of the documentary is for viewers to write a letter to the NSW Environment Minister. We launched a website with a click of the button letter submission function: https://miningthebluemountains.com.au/

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

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Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Share the documentary and write a letter to the NSW Premier

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Number of views and number of letters written
Our success will be judged on whether change occurs at EPA