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, view our potential release areas map.
The NSW Government has decided not to release these areas for exploration of coal under the Strategic Release Framework.
The department has consulted with the community and other stakeholders to inform the Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment.
The final Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment (PDF, 12.0 MB) was completed in December 2021.
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, view our potential release areas map.
The NSW Government has decided not to release these areas for exploration of conventional and tight gas resources.
Further information about this decision is provided in the NSW Government’s Future of Gas Statement.
This document, along with the Department's Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment, is available on the NSW Government's website.
For more information you can:
Page last updated: 11/02/2022