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The Dharawal conservation area in Sydney’s south west has been upgraded to a national park and protected from mining.
SkyNews reports New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the move yesterday and said there would be strict punishments for damage to the region by miners.
"There will be no mining under the national park, through the national park, in the national park," he said.
"And if there’s any consequences of any damage caused by any industrial or other operation to the national park there will be fines."
O’Farrell said there would also be no compensation for mining companies that had interests in the protected region.
But a small area of the previous conservation park has been excluded from the new national park and allocated to existing mines.
According to SkyNews Opposition environment spokesperson Luke Foley said the NSW Government’s strategic land use plans meant coal seam gas could still operate in the region.
O’Farrell said the expiry of existing mining leases over some of the conservation area had contributed to speeding up plans to declare the region a national park.
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