A GROUP of Orara Valley residents have joined together to protect their valley and Coffs Harbour's water catchment area by forming the Coffs Catchment Coalition Inc.
Spokesman Bill Stern said members of the group are concerned about Altius Mining, which is currently working under an exploration licence in the Karangi area to see if gold mining would be viable.
"We are concerned for our beautiful valley and our water supply and so we have formed a coalition that can monitor the activities of Altius and keep locals informed," he said.
"Everyone we have spoken to is concerned and we are currently offering "Lock the Gate" signs that are specific to the Orara Valley and this issue. It's not CSG but can be just as damaging.
"Altius reports that they expect to conduct further exploration before the end of the year and we want to let them know that this is something we don't want for our valley."
Local small business owner Sam Mihelffy of Me-Healthy Farm has also joined the group.
"Our beautiful natural valley and crystal clear water catchment is a credit to our local community and surrounding areas that all share this precious commodity," he said.
"We are the only ones that can watch over and protect our area.
"Imagine if we sit back and do nothing."
"Now is the time when we realise how scary life can be without fresh water. What if our water catchment is affected by a company that is driven by money and greed and nothing was done to stop it? At least be informed. Come and join us, put a sign on your gate and we can unite with one message."
The group's AGM will be held at Karangi Public School at 7pm on Monday, November 4.
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