The seat of Orange, in mid-west New South Wales will be heavily influenced by possible mining expansion in the area.
Candidates are being asked declare whether they support future mining and exploration in the Mudgee district prior to the state election.
The lobby group, Mid-Western Community Action Network is calling on the New South Wales State Government to place a moratorium on all future mining and exploration licenses, particularly on the Cobbora Coal Project near Dunedoo.
The group held their first meeting to develop an ‘action plan’, and president Rado Marjanac says the public has the right to know what candidates in the area stand for.
"We don’t want a total stop to mining," he said.
"At the moment our view is that we need a moratorium, a sensible pause, and contrary to what the minister responsible for this says that he’s got the balance right, I don’t think a lot of people agree with that."
Marjanac said the Network will host a public meeting next month to inform residents about candidates’ stances in preparation for the election.
"We’d like their views on a number of issues to help local communities in their decisions and these issues revolve around coal and gas mining development and regulation issues, those planning issues, and we see those developments having an impact on the much wider community."