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Mining and Resources Policy

Jerrys Plains (Drayton South) open cut mining prohibition

Amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 were made on 22 December 2017 to prohibit open cut mining on the Drayton South exploration licence near Jerrys Plains in the Upper Hunter.

 

Improving mine rehabilitation in NSW

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper Improving Mine Rehabilitation in NSW to seek feedback on proposed improvements to the regulatory framework for the rehabilitation of major mining projects. This was on public exhibition until Friday 16 February 2018.

 

Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy

The Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy (VLAMP) describes the NSW Government’s policy for the management of noise and dust (particulate matter) impacts from state significant mining, petroleum and extractive industry developments.

 

Clause 12A of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 requires consent authorities to consider any applicable provisions of the VLAMP before determining an application for consent for state significant development for the purposes of mining, petroleum production or extractive industry.

 

The VLAMP was recently revised.

 

Social Impact Assessment Guideline

The Department has developed a social impact assessment guideline for state significant resource projects (mining, petroleum production and extractive industry development).

 

Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment for Potential Coal and Petroleum Exploration Release Areas (PRIA)

The PRIA is part of the Government’s broader Strategic Release Framework that allows for the controlled, strategic release and competitive allocation of coal and petroleum (CSG) prospecting titles in NSW.

 

A copy of the draft guidelines is available here.

 

Mining SEPP amendment (2015)

The state policy which governs the way that mining, petroleum production and extractive material resource proposals are assessed and developed in NSW is called the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (Mining SEPP).

 

The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.

 

On 31 August 2015 then Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced the State’s mining policy would be changed to provide a more balanced framework for decision making.

 

These changes came into effect Wednesday 2 September 2015.

 

Resources Advisory Forum

The Resources Advisory Forum has been established to provide advice to the Department of Planning and Environment on a range of complex, state-wide issues relating to resource assessments in NSW.

 

The inaugural meeting was held on 28 October 2015, bringing together expert environment and community groups with industry, academia and local government to discuss issues around resource planning and assessment in NSW.

 

Resources Advisory Forum documents

 

Meeting summaries

Further information

Telephone: 1300 305 695

 

Page last updated: 24/09/2018