The following is the first newsletter published by Hunter LEAD Group Branch. Written by Jenny Morton.
Reprinted here with kind permission of the
Publisher: Jenny Morton
Whos Who in the Zoo?
On October 14th 1998, the LEAD Group found its home in the Hunter. Founded by Ms Kate Hayter (President/Co-ordinator) is the Hunter LEAD Group Incorporated.
Mr Boris Naumovski, a local resident for many years, has of late, been interested in finding out about the damage that lead can cause. His lovely wife Alison is pregnant and the young couple plan to give their newborn the best start in life. Boris takes the place of Vice President, with Alison also taking on a membership despite her delicate position.
Ms Jenny Morton, a reasonably new resident to the area, has been helping Ms Hayter in her battle against Pasminco and the Environmental Health Centre from the very beginning. She takes on the position of Treasurer/Secretary. Her partner, Mr Michael Hawryluk has also taken on membership.
Mr David Holroyd is new to the scene but is a fast learner and keen to take on an active role along with his membership with the Hunter LEAD Group Incorporated.
Kate has been extremely busy on the phone of late (so if you have been trying to contact her, you may have found it near impossible just call in!!), in an attempt to raise sponsorship money to get the group up and running.
Success has been with World 4 Kids who have kindly donated a Sony Playstation.
Hardware House at Glendale has offered a $100 Power Tool as well.
The Hunter LEAD Group incorporated plans to raffle these items off to raise funds.
Dollar Video at Glendale has handed over 70 vouchers and The Lone Star has offered 4 free appetisers. These items will be dispersed among the 500 information bags we plan to hand out during our raffle on Friday 27th November outside Franklins at Glendale SupaCentre.
The Hunter LEAD Group Incorporated wishes also to thank:
Other freebies we have not yet decided what we should do with are:
The Hunter LEAD Group Incorporated has approached Pasminco for some form of sponsorship. We believe that since they are a major lead source in the area that they should provide something to the new local lead group. Hopefully they will find enough compassion for the children of the Hunter to respond to our request. [Sponsorship has since been refused.]
WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.!!!¨
Fruits of Recent Work of the Lead Advisory Service at Boolaroo
Elizabeth OBrien, Manager of the Lead Advisory Service (LAS), has encouraged Kate Hayter (mentioned above) in the use of manifesting her vision of a safe house and a healthy child. Elizabeth has given many referrals to Kate including to world lead authorities, some of whom have already replied to Kates request for guidance on whether to move back into her house should it be remediated. The NSW Ombudsman is now investigating her case as well as other complaints received from the area in the past 3 years. The Environmental Defenders Office is interested in the contamination of houses and the lake around the Pasminco smelter. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is also looking into whether several other cases should be pursued. Kate has also involved mediators and a conflict manager from the Newcastle Community Justice Centre at the suggestion of Theresa Gordon of NO-LEAD. With the promotion at Glendale SupaCentre, at least 20 locals who asked Kate for information were referred to the Lead Advisory Service.
Through regular attendance of the six weekly public meetings of the North Lake Macquarie Environmental Health Liaison Meeting, and through constant interaction with locals by telephone, Lead Advisory Service (LAS) staff have helped to bring about the following improvements to the Liaison Meetings:-
Pasminco Reports $63.3 Million Profit for FY 1997-8
Thanks to the generous donation of a copy of the Pasminco Annual Report 1998, by a shareholder, we can pass on that Pasmincos Vision is "to be the best from mine to market through performance, quality and respect", with the financial objective being to "Sustain profitability at all points in the metal cycle". The $63.3 million profit was marginally down on the $64.7 million profit made in FY 1996-7. Environmental objectives include to "Minimise our imp-act on the environment" and "Build community confidence in our operations" (including sponsorship).
One of the main environmental issues reported to shareholders was sulphur dioxide emissions exceedences at Cockle Creek smelter at Boolaroo, in contravention of consent conditions on the smelter upgrade imposed by the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Another environmental issue reported was the exceedence of lead in air levels at the boundary of the ARA secondary lead smelter in Melbourne. Interestingly, the Annual Report 1997/98 of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (VEPA), claims "zero breaches of SEPP [state environment protection policy] objectives for lead". Though VEPA does admit to a "lack of an adequate information base on air toxics".
Huge Pasminco Salary Packages
While the Pasminco Cockle Creek smelter finds itself unable to make any donation to Hunter LEAD Group, or to buy up the contaminated properties of lead poisoned kids (See "Getting a Child out of Prison Will Industry Help?" in a previous LEAD Action News), they do pay huge salary packages.
According to the Pasminco Annual Report 1998, Pasmincos Managing Director received a total salary package of $769,646 last financial year, with the director of mining receiving $414,664 and the Australian Smelting Executive General Manager, $338,652. The top figure paid to a director of the Board was $106,000 this sum alone is enough to buy up two small houses in Boolaroo!
Us | bell
system lead poisoning | Contact Us
LEAD Project | egroups | Library
- Fact Sheets | Home
Page | Media Releases
Newsletters | Q & A | Referral lists | Reports | Site Map | Slide Shows - Films | Subscription | Useful Links | Search this Site
Updated 26 February 2013