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Despite the creation of short term jobs, mining adversely affects ecosystems and has a detrimental knock-on effect to the broader West Coast environment, economy and society. The risks associated with the projected mining activities are as follows:

Disturbance and destruction of marine life on mined beaches

Destabilisation of fisheries and fishing communities

Impacts on already scarce water resources

Air pollution from mining activities

Increased roads and traffic footprint

Visual impacts on local population and tourism

Loss of access to beaches and coastline for recreational activities such as surfing and fishing

Damage to the fragile dune system, which has evolved over millions of years as part of the natural interface between land and sea.

Alteration of the natural beach profile, and its dynamic equilibrium with the wave energy

Knock-on impacts on land-based ecosystems

Loss of archaeological resources and fossils

Loss of indigenous heritage sites

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