Are they serious? Activist group asks the premier to override the independent planning process.

24 May 2017


Fairfax media yesterday reported that the anti-coal activist group, Battle for Berrima will be meeting today with the NSW Premier and local MP’s Pru Goward and Jai Rowell to ‘urge the project to be blocked’.

The article raises questions about the way these activist groups seek political intervention into planning decisions whilst an independent planning process is underway.

Project Director, Greig Duncan said that once again the coal activists are prepared to use any tactic to avoid scrutiny of the facts and attempt the bully the Premier and parliamentary representatives to intervene in and make a political decision.

Mr Duncan said it was extraordinary the anti-coal activists would ask the Premier of NSW to intervene in the independent process and ‘urge the project to be blocked.’

“I’m sure the NSW government has learned from the past about intervention into an independent planning process, otherwise why establish a Planning Assessment Commission?”

Hume Coal has not met with the Premier as it respects the integrity of the Department of Planning and the Planning Assessment Commission.

Mr Duncan said the activists are clearly concerned they do not have the evidence and facts to support their outrageous claims and that they will not stand scientific scrutiny through an independent process.

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Ben Fitzsimmons

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