Read the transcript for Episode Five of Voice of Real Australia Podcast about The Drip Gorge in Mudgee and the women fighting to save it from the threat nearby mining poses

Tom Melville
By Tom Melville
Updated October 28 2020 - 6:02am, first published 5:23am

Tom Melville: [00:00:00] Hello, I'm Tom Melville. Welcome to Voice of Real Australia. Each episode we bring you people, places and perspectives from beyond the big cities. This week, we're going to Mudgee in the New South Wales Central West. If you wind up out that way, make sure you go to the Drip Gorge. Take the track from the car park and follow the Goulburn River downstream and you'll find soaring sandstone escarpments almost pink in some light. The drip itself overhangs the river and it gets its name from the constant trickle of water which runs down its side. It's a shady oasis and can be 15 degrees cooler in the summer than only a few hundred metres away. The drip was added to the Goulburn River National Park a couple of years ago. But some locals are anxious that the nearby Moolarben coal mine and its plans for expansion could damage the cliffs, impact the water table and render this unique and beloved spot too dangerous to visit. For them, that would be a tragedy, a sad ending to a story many thousands of years old. A group campaigning to save the drip has been fighting for years. And the women on the frontline took me on a tour. Before we got walking, the five of us sat in the picnic area. It's a lovely 22 degrees spring day in the car park is nearly full. [00:01:14][74.8]

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Tom Melville

Tom Melville

Host, Voice of Real Australia

Originally from Canberra, Tom Melville worked for the BBC in the UK and as a freelancer in Tunisia before coming to ACM. He is the host of ACM's national podcast Voice of Real Australia. urlgeni.us/VORAPod

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