Meeting for landholders in Central West

A meeting to discuss mining access agreements and the rights of landholders in the Central West will be held on Thursday, giving landholders the opportunity to learn about their rights when negotiating.

Mary and Des Taylor have 400 hectares of land south of Orange, near Shadforth, and are currently undertaking negotiations access agreements with a mining company.

Mary Taylor told local media the company they had been dealing with had been reasonable, but still believes landholders should have all the necessary information on the projects.

Their concerns centre around a limited understanding of their rights, and lack of finish dates, specific hours of access and seasonal restrictions on some agreements.

 “The main thing is, it’s a legal document and people really ought to get more advice,” she said.

Fiona Simson, chair of NSW Farmers Association Mining Task Force and a landholder from Spring Terrace will speak at the public meeting and says people need to know what they are entitled to.

“We want to make sure landholders understand they do have the right to negotiate proper terms to protect their assests,” she said.

Simson said the meeting is not designed to point the finger at any particular company, but rather provide a general discussion about landholders right.

The meeting will be held at the Spring Hill Hall at 7pm on Thursday.

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