MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today welcomed the release by the NSW Government of a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining SEPP).
Mr Marshall said the amendment would remove a provision making the significance of the resource the principle consideration under the Mining SEPP (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) when determining mining projects.
“The draft amendment reflects the legislative requirement for decision makers to consider the likely environmental, social and economic impacts of a mining development,” Mr Marshall said.
“The protection of the environment and the promotion of the social and economic welfare of the community have always been objects of planning legislation.
“The careful deliberation of environmental, economic and social issues is fundamental to good planning.
“This proposed amendment reflects the importance of balance in assessing the likely impacts of mining developments.”
To view the draft amendment and to make a submission, please visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/onexhibition.
A complete review of the Mining SEPP is currently underway and will be subject to public consultation later this year.