Part 3A still alive for 40 mines

22 June 2011 – media release

40 mines and two coal seam gas project applications currently with the NSW Department of Planning will continue to be assessed under the old part 3A arrangements after the government’s ‘transitional’ planning laws passed the Upper House last night.

The Greens are calling for real change to the laws to ensure communities have a genuine say on major projects in their districts.

“Even though Barry O’Farrell attacked Part 3A prior to the election, his government has decided to keep it for 40 major mining applications,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The community will rightly feel deceived by the decision which will ensure the worst aspects of the planning laws will continue to be inflicted on the communities of South-western Sydney, the Hunter Valley and the Gunnedah Basin.

“Allowing these projects to proceed under Part 3A makes a mockery of the Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use planning process.

“These laws will not stop inappropriate development on important agricultural land and will continue to allow the exemptions from authorities under the native vegetation and water laws of this state.

“The Greens want to see a major project planning process for mines that isn’t driven by big mining companies and the potential royalties they bring in.

“The planning process should increase community input and give real weight to their opinions. It is the community who has to live with the ongoing consequences of these mines and gas fields.

“The government should press pause on new coal and gas mining approvals until a proper review of planning in NSW is complete and these industries have shown they have a social licence to operate,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

 

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