Strict conditions regarding water monitoring, heritage, and mining operations for the Bylong Coal proposal have been recommended by the Department of Planning and Environment before it is reviewed by the independent Planning Assessment Commission.
A spokesperson from the department said after extensive consideration of the proposal and all public feedback, the project could be approved with a range of strict requirements.
“These conditions recommend strict groundwater monitoring and comprehensive mine operation and rehabilitation management plans,” the spokesperson said.
“To address Tarwyn Park, a Historic Heritage Management Plan should be implemented and include KEPCO’s commitment to monitor and maintain soil hydrology techniques, such as natural sequence farming, while providing access to the site for interested researchers.
“The Department’s assessment found the mine proposal would not directly impact the natural sequence farming areas on the Tarwyn Park property.
“The company should also rehabilitate the land for agricultural use after mining operations cease.”
The spokesperson said the former Minister for Planning requested the independent Commission review the application on its merits and arrange public hearings.
“Under the Ministerial request, the Commission must review potential impacts on social factors, water, agriculture, and the heritage values associated with the Tarwyn Park property” the spokesperson said.
“Once the Commission completes its review, the Department will consider the report’s findings and complete its assessment of the project. The Commission’s review report will be made public and referred to the company for response.”
The spokesperson added that listening to the community is always an important part of our assessment.
“Public feedback and submissions have been closely considered, in addition to independent expert reviews on potential impacts to groundwater, the local community, and the local economy.
“The Department has completed a rigorous assessment of the application in accordance with NSW legislation and applicable guidelines and policies.”
The proposed project would result in a range of economic benefits, including 470 jobs and up to $7.25 million in contributions to Mid-Western Regional Council for local projects.
To read the Department’s assessment report, visit the Major Projects website