Saturday, 24 March 2012

NSW Government release draft plans Upper Hunter so cool!!!


Strategic Regional Land Use Policy

The NSW Government has released a number of draft plans and policies that deliver on its Strategic Regional Land Use Policy to protect high-quality agricultural land and its water sources from inappropriate mining and coal seam gas projects.

The draft plans will be on exhibition between 8 March and 3 May 2012 at all council chambers in each region and at the following public libraries: Armidale, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri and Tamworth for the New England North West Region and Dungog, Muswellbrook, Gloucester, Singleton and Scone for the Upper Hunter.

Public consultation sessions begin: The extensive schedule of public consultation events begins on Tuesday, 20 March with a public forum in Gunnedah.
This is followed by a number of more informal 'drop-in' sessions in other towns where government department representatives will be available for individual members of the public to ask questions one-on-one and discuss the draft plans and policies in more detail.
See "Key Dates" for more detail.
The public is being invited to comment on these documents which include:
  • Draft Upper Hunter Strategic Regional Land Use Plan
  • Draft New England North West Strategic Regional Land Use Plan
  • Draft Aquifer Interference Policy
  • Draft Code of Practice for Coal Seam Gas Exploration
Two guidelines have also been published – one for the preparation of agricultural impact statements, and the other regarding community consultation requirements for coal and petroleum exploration, including coal seam gas.
These documents, as well as interactive maps for each region and frequently asked questions, can be viewed in the “Library” section on this page.

In addition, this site will also be hosting interactive discussion forums where people can have their say on either the Upper Hunter or the New England North West draft plans.
These forums can be found below and will be commencing shortly.