Local MP Pru Goward out of touch with the needs of the Southern Highlands

Project Director Greig Duncan said that the company will undertake a detailed analysis of the Department’s opinion in the coming days in preparation for the Independent Planning Commission’s public meetings, to be held early 2019.

Recent comments by the local member, Ms Pru Goward, lauding the determination by the DPE as “a huge success” and celebrating with a champagne toast with the local activist groups, clearly demonstrates how out of touch Ms Goward is with the needs of her constituents.

Creating over 300 jobs and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy, Mr Duncan highlighted that the company had received over 40 expressions of interest from local businesses and greater than 500 expressions of interest for employment with the underground mine.

“These expressions of interest from local businesses and job seekers are a clear demonstration of the need for investment and job creation on our region.

“The project proposal incorporates years of scientific and technical research and has put forward the lowest impact mine proposal ever seen in NSW, minimising environmental impacts and maximising our social and economic contribution to the local area.”

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.