Roberts Heeds Message From Community And Stops Drayton South Open-Cut Mining

Roberts Heeds Message From Community And Stops Drayton South Open-Cut Mining

New South Wales Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts

New South Wales Minister for Resources Don Harwin

No Open Cut Mining For Drayton South

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales Government has announced there will be no open-cut mining at the Drayton South site in the Upper Hunter, bringing certainty to industry and community.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the proposed amendment to state mining and planning policies would prohibit open-cut mining on the Drayton South exploration licence no matter who owns the land and would protect the valuable and world renowned horse studs in the area.

Minister Roberts said the project had been the subject of recommendations by the independent Planning Assessment Commission after merit-based assessment processes.

“Commission has twice refused open-cut mining applications on the Drayton South exploration licence area and determined that open-cut mining is incompatible with the unique combination of existing land uses in the area.” Minister Roberts said.

“New South Wales Government has now taken action to address this incompatibility by proposing that applications for open-cut mining cannot be made over the Drayton South exploration license.”

“This will bring certainty to the community and local industry, including the internationally renowned equine operations in this area.” Minister Roberts said.

Underground mining exploration will be permitted on the site, potentially providing jobs and boosting the local economy.

NSW Minister for Resources Don Harwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Given the protections the New South Wales Government is putting in place I have renewed EL 5460 to permit exploration activity for underground mining only.” Minister for Resources Don Harwin said.

“As part of the renewal Malabar Coal has agreed to voluntarily relinquish all of the licence area south of the Golden Highway.”

Community can make submissions on the proposed amendments until 14 December 2017.