EPA tells Whitehaven Coal to go ahead and bury tyres, while Aboriginal Land Council holds the line

EPA tells Whitehaven Coal to go ahead and bury tyres, while Aboriginal Land Council holds the line

The NSW EPA has been captured by the coal industry in north west NSW, giving the OK to conduct mass burial of mining tyres in the Leard Forest Precinct, the ancestral lands of the Gomeroi traditional owners, while the NSW Aboriginal Land Council stalls the application. Under current Chief Executive Officer Tracy Mackey, the NSW EPA has recently supported applications by miner Whitehaven Coal in the Narrabri region which raises alarm over the agency’s understanding of its own role under its founding legislation. Two of Whitehaven Coal’s Namoi Valley mines Werris Creek and…continue reading →
GFCQ Review of RPI – missing one letter – A for Agriculture

GFCQ Review of RPI – missing one letter – A for Agriculture

By Shay Dougall – Principle of Molliwell, Shay is a landholder advocate and Chinchilla resident. Molliwell is a health and safety consultancy specialising in all aspects of workplace health & safety for small to medium businesses. Shay completed her Masters in OHSE (ACU) 2019. The Gas Fields Commission Queensland have released their report on their limited scope review of the Regional Planning Interests Act (RPI).  The review was recommended by the Queensland Audit Office’s (QAO) Performance Audit Report “Managing Coal Seam Gas Activities”.  AcronymFull NameGFCQGas Fields Commission QueenslandQAOQueensland Audit Office’sRPIRegional Planning Interests ActCCAConduct…continue reading →
Fast-tracked assessment of mines in NSW as state expands high-tech metals mining

Fast-tracked assessment of mines in NSW as state expands high-tech metals mining

The last 12 months has seen a marked increase in Exploration Licence Applications in NSW for Group 1 (Metallic Minerals) covering dozens of resources and including gold, copper and lithium. Many of these metals are crucial to the renewable energy revolution that the NSW Government is determined to foster at an export capacity. Whilst bringing revenue and much needed investment and jobs to regional Australia the scale of what is proposed has many communities worried about their water and how it will be impacted. The assessment process for these types of mines is…continue reading →