The department is responsible for undertaking Preliminary Regional Issues Assessments (PRIA), which will summarise the key issues, opportunities and constraints associated with releasing areas for resource exploration.
The PRIA does not pre-empt the assessment of any potential future resource projects and does not guarantee that any future approvals will be granted by the NSW Government.
The Advisory Body for Strategic Release has asked the department to prepare a PRIA for two adjacent areas located near Rylstone in the Mid-Western Regional local government area.
These areas are:
To view the location of the two areas, open our potential release areas map.
The assessment will identify the potential environmental, economic and social opportunities and constraints associated with the release of these areas for coal exploration and underground mining.
The department’s assessment will be used by the Advisory Body for Strategic Release, who will advise the Minister for Regional NSW on whether the areas should be released (either wholly or in part) for exploration. It does not pre-empt the assessment or determination of any potential future applications to develop the resources.
After hearing feedback from the community, the Department requested the ABSR extend the community consultation period. The ABSR has endorsed this request and the Department is now welcoming feedback from the community and other stakeholders until 18 August 2021.
To provide written feedback, complete the online form available on our Planning Portal.
The Department is hosting three additional sessions to provide information on the process and to gather verbal feedback. Details of these sessions are provided below.
If you wish to attend, please click on your preferred date and time to RSVP. Each online session will be limited to 50 people to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to provide input. The session at Rylstone Memorial Hall will be limited to the COVID-safe capacity of the hall.
The PowerPoint presentation that will be presented in these sessions is available.
The NSW Government’s Advisory Body for Strategic Release has asked for a Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment of four areas in Western NSW:
To view the location of the four areas, open our potential release areas map (JPG, 223 KB).
The department has consulted with the community and other stakeholders to inform the Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment.
The consultation period closed on 9 April 2021.
Further updates will be posted on this page following the assessment.
For more information you can:
Page last updated: 14/07/2021