National park slated for BHP mining

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Part of the proposed national park near Campbelltown has been handed over to BHP Billiton for coal mining.

In a statement NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and environment minister Robyn Parker said land reaching to the Georges River would be handed over.

Another portion of land in the centre of the park will also be sectioned for mining, but undermining of the national park will not be allowed.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald Parker has confirmed no compensation was paid to BHPB as part of the land deal.

“This hasn’t cost the NSW Government anything,” she said.

“All parties have come to the negotiating table in good faith, we’ve been working very hard on this since the election.”

In a statement yesterday O’Farrell said 99 per cent of the current Dharawal State Conservation Area would be adsorbed into the national park.

“This outcome balances the establishment of the national park while securing jobs and investment,” he said.

Exclusions to the national park will include BHPB’s current and proposed mining operations in the Illawarra region.

BHPB said the national park would not impact on its operations, and it had revised its Bulli coal project to work around the exclusion zone.

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