Department of Planning recommends Hume Coal review its application for low impact underground mine

Today, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has provided its assessment report to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC), citing the Hume Coal project is ‘not approvable in its present form’.

Project Director Greig Duncan said that whilst the company was disappointed by the findings of the state’s planning department, it is important to understand that the determining authority for State Significant Developments in NSW, such as the Hume Coal Project, is the IPC.

“The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is yet another stakeholder involved in the state’s planning process and as such is entitled to put forward its opinion on the project proposal.

“Despite the department’s findings, the company strongly believes it has put forward a strong proposal which is low impact and ensures the long term sustainability of the operation while generating hundreds of employment opportunities and millions of economic benefits for the Southern Highlands.”

Mr Duncan reiterated the company’s commitment to working with the IPC and stakeholders, including the local community to ensure a positive outcome for the project and our local region.

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Ben Fitzsimmons

M 0448 806 450

E bfitzsimmons@humecoal.com.au

 

Additional Information

The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) was established under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 as a consent authority for state significant development in New South Wales.

Therefore, the final decision regarding the Hume Coal proposal is the responsibility of the IPC.