The Department has identified a concentration of equine (horse) and viticulture (wine) industries in the Upper Hunter and mapped these locations as ‘Critical Industry Clusters’ (CICs).
CICs are concentrations of highly productive industries within a region that are related to each other, contribute to the identity of that region and provide significant employment opportunities.
The creation of these industry clusters aims to protect this high quality agricultural land from the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) and mining activities.
In January 2014, the NSW Government finalised the CIC maps and introduced a ban on new CSG activity within the mapped areas.
In July 2014, an additional 19 wine-growing properties were added to the viticulture CIC as a result of the alignment of the CIC boundary with the boundary for the Upper Hunter region (see FAQ below).
Proposals for State significant mining projects within the mapped areas are also examined via the Gateway process – an independent, upfront scientific assessment of the land and water impacts of the proposal.
The CICs were introduced via an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (Mining SEPP).
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Page last updated: 11/09/2020