State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)
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Alliance slams NSW Minister’s surrender to mining interests
November 04, 2013 - The Lock the Gate Alliance has slammed the NSW Minister for
Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher for pressing ahead with moves to make economic interests the
primary consideration for consent authorities dealing with coal mine applications,
warning that it will exacerbate conflict in regional communities.
The Minister has announced this morning his intention to gazette changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for mining
that would see the ‘economic significance” of a coal resource trump water, biodiversity and community health in planning decisions.
'Resource Significance' SEPP Amendment was placed on public exhibition in July, and met with widespread opposition, with many hundreds of public submissions opposing it.
Lock the Gate Alliance Coordinator Steve Phillips said, “The Minister is proposing an utter surrender
by the Government of this state to coal mining interests, and the abandonment of any semblance of balance in decision-making.
"This is a complete reversal of the promises which the NSW Government made prior to the 2011 election - they promised to restore balance to protect water, farmland and communities - but instead this measure completely biases the system even further in favour of coal companies.
“The Minister may think that mining company profits are more important than anything else, but that’s not what we believe.
We believe that our kids should have clean air to breathe, that farmers should have land to farm, and that water is more precious than coal.
"And most importantly, we believe that existing industries such as the world class Hunter wine and thoroughbred-horse breeding industries should not be sacrificed.
This policy makes coal resources the primary consideration of a decision-maker, and severely degrades consideration of the agricultural resources on which we all depend.
"This new policy would ensure that the things we value most in this state, our water, our clean air, our beautiful bushland and our sustainable industries, are available to be trampled for coal mining, with no recourse for the community.
“If the Minister thinks these laws will stop people fighting for what they love, he is sorely mistaken,” he said.
Policy is balancing act
Nov. 9, 2013 - CHANGES to the state’s planning
policy governing major mining projects (the Mining SEPP, or State
Environmental Planning Policy) which started this week will ensure
potential investment and employment benefits for regional
communities are an important consideration when deciding on major
New mining projects bring jobs and investment to rural and regional
Of course these benefits should balance against any impacts that a
mine would have on nearby communities, while also ensuring minimum
environmental protections are adhered to.
The Mining SEPP does not harm the rights of those who seek balance
in relation to the benefits and impacts of resource projects.
It includes a clear requirement that – together with key
environmental and amenity standards including noise, air quality and
aquifer interference – the significance of a mineral resource must
also be considered in the decision-making process.
The Mining SEPP ensures all factors are recognised as part of a
balanced and rigorous assessment process to ensure a vibrant and
prosperous mining industry that continues to deliver jobs and
investment to rural and regional NSW, while ensuring the protection
of our valuable agricultural land and water resources.
Chris Hartcher, NSW Minister for Resources and Energy
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