PAC Process Fails to Address Community Concerns
The first PAC made a number of recommendations to safe guard mining activities so that the Liverpool Plains and surrounding groundwater aquifers had some level of protection.
Of the 25 recommendations, 19 were rejected.
The Final PAC rejected 3 further issues raised by the community.
This highlights that the consultation process via the Planning Assessment Commission considered the issues raised by the community, however failed to provide a pathway in resolving these issues.
Upon analysis of the recommendations a clear pattern emerges.
IF the mining conditions needed to be more stringent to address the issue raised by the community, but the restrictions would impact on the mining operations then the issues were ignored.
IF the mining conditions related to process or external activities, such as technical working groups then the issues were addresses.
Access the full report outlining the recommendations made and whether the Final PAC determination … Read More »
PAC packs a punch
The PAC Determination Report was released last week and has hit hard. The Commission has recommended that the application be given approval despite the serious concerns raised.
Access the report HERE
COMMUNITY MEETING – 10TH JUNE 2014
Tuesday 10 June 2014
9.00am – 11.00am
SHENHUA WATERMARK PLANNING ASSESSMENT COMMISSION COMING SOON
The Shenhua Watermark mine application is currently with the NSW Planning Department awaiting determination. The Caroona Coal Action Group is currently preparing for the Planning and Assessment Commission application and hearing which provide a final opportunity to speak on the project and raise concerns of the material harm to the environment that this project poses. CCAG has identified suitable scientific experts to ensure the community has the best representation possible.
If you would like more information on how you can help e-mail us.
CAROONA COAL PROJECT SPECIAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE MEETING
Wednesday 26/3/14 at the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Chambers 9.00am to 12.30pm
There will be a special Community Consultative Meeting for the Caroona Coal Project where BHPB representatives and consultants will present the Caroona Coal Project Mine Plan and key findings of the Gateway Application. This will provide an opportunity for Landholders to participate in an interactive Q&A Session.
RSVP to [email protected] by the 23rd March.
Visit the CCC website
CCAG 2013 AGM – Thursday August 8
The Caroona Coal Action Group’s AGM will be held at 9am Thursday 8th August at the Caroona Hall.
Presentations regarding BHP’s Agricultural Impact Statement will follow from 10.45am.
For further information please Contact Us or call Prue Green 0429 456 812 or Tim Duddy 0427 106 267
EPBC Amendment Passes
The ‘water-trigger’ legislation which Tony Windsor has fought hard for over the past few years has finally been passed to become law. This monumental piece of legislation was passed through the Senate yesterday, Thursday June 20, 2013.
This is huge win for water, with CSG and mining projects now requiring the green light from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee to ensure that these projects will not damage water resources.
This process will allow the Federal Government to step in where State Government has all too often been both the consenting body and a major beneficiary of such projects.
“Federal oversight based on independent science will help protect Australia’s most productive farmland from potential damage and encourage mining companies to pursue projects with lower risk profiles. After seven year fighting alongside local communities for a more balanced mining approvals process, I know farmers and … Read More »
Opera @ Rossmar
B-Flat on the Plains is not too far away now, so make sure you have purchased your ticket!
Premer Field Day 2013
The Premer Field Day was well attended this year, with NSW Farmers President Fiona Simson addressing the group and iterating the importance of the Association as an advocacy voice for rural and regional NSW. She stressed the importance of the times ahead in having our voice heard in Parliament and ensuring that the decision makers on Macquarie Street have a proper understanding of the issues in our area.
Fiona had made a special effort to be sure she was home this year for the annual event which sees the presentation of the illustrious Premer Shield for best sorghum crop, which went to the Tourle family at Quirindi.
CSG Free Roads – April 15
The Blackville community has now joined Mullaley and Bundella in declaring itself CSG free. A fantastic 96.9% of residents voted in strong support of living in a CSG free community. Other communities on the Liverpool Plains are enthusiastically working towards achieving this aim and results will be posted soon. This is a strong message to the State Government and local council. Many thanks to Megan Kuhn who oversaw a team including Sue and Margie Wilmott, Nicky Chirlian, Barbara Ward, Julie Prowse and me.
The Wandobah Community will be holding a meeting to launch its survey on Friday 3rd May from 6pm at the Wandobah Homestead. For information please email [email protected]