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Mining approvals plan by Baird government causes unease

Tuesday 10th of January 2017 01:18:05 PM



The Baird government’s plans to overhaul the state’s mining approval process have drawn the wrath of anti-coal groups and wary support from the industry.

The proposed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act were unveiled by Planning Minister Rob Stokes on Monday, which aim to slash approval times for state significant developments such as mines, while increasing accountability.

One proposal is to axe so-called Part 3A transitional arrangements, introduced by Labor, that the government said had led to a "misuse of modifications" as proponents seek changes to original projects.

Georgina Woods, NSW coordinator for Lock the Gate Alliance, said the overall package was "very disappointing", with the repeal of Part 3A offering "the one good thing in the bill".

Even here, the government plans to give miners two months after the act passes to lodge more modification proposals, she said.



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