Strategic land use planning by the NSW Government is long overdue, according to NSW Minerals Council CEO Nikki Williams.
The council has welcomed the recent action by the government and said it has been needed for some time.
“We have always been a strong supporter of the need for strategic land use planning in this state,” Williams said.
“These are complex issues and important to the future of NSW. That’s why the community, government, business and industries need a roadmap to help minimise land use conflicts and to maximise the capacity of our regional communities and economies.
“This announcement is welcome progress. It is good to see that the current government is getting the ball rolling on this critical process.”
An invitation to be part of the Reference Group advising the Ministerial Cabinet Sub-Committee as it develops its Coal and Gas Strategy has also been welcomed by the NSW Minerals Council.
‘We know there are concerns in the community about the scale of the development, of mineral resources in some parts of the state. That is why we are working directly with the community to address those issues through programs like the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue,” Williams said.
“While we will continue to manage and minimise the impacts of mining, this process will help to set out the principles for the appropriate development of the state’s resources, whether animal, vegetable or mineral. We look forward to being part of this consultation process and working with other members of the Reference Group to provide feedback to the NSW Government.”
“We need a land use planning roadmap so we can all move forward together. But ultimately it’s up to our political leaders to get the balance right.”