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Council to comment on mine proposals

MidCoast Council will prepare a submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment after the Department placed an amended Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Rocky Hill Coal Mine, near Gloucester, on public exhibition on Wednesday 17 August.

At the same time, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has placed on exhibition a proposal to modify the Development Consent for the Stratford Mine, which is proposed to receive the extracted coal from Rocky Hill and crush it at the Stratford site before transporting to major centres.

‘These proposals are State-Significant Developments, which means the NSW Department of Planning and Environment is the consent authority,’ said Council’s Manager for the project, Wayne Burgess.

RockyHillAny individual, community group or organisation is invited to consider the amended Environmental Impact Statement and the DA modification for Stratford Mine and make submissions commenting on the separate proposals before Friday 14 October.  As a stakeholder, MidCoast Council has the same opportunity to place a submission as community members.

‘Council will be preparing a response to the Environmental Impact Statement.  The project team will undertake a merit-based assessment of the documents under the relevant legislation’ said Wayne Burgess.

For information on the exhibition process and links to the NSW Department of Planning’s online exhibition of the proposals, please visit Council’s information page at http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/rockyhillproposal

Copies of the proposals are available at MidCoast Council’s Gloucester Office (89 King Street), Stroud Office (6 Church Lane), Taree Office (2 Pulteney Street), or Forster Office (4 Breese Parade), during normal business hours. Council has a number of USB sticks containing the exhibition documents for community use, available from these offices.

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