NSW Government projects allowed to bypass planning system quagmire

October 10, 2019

The NSW Government needs to explain why it has repeatedly fast-tracked its own large and controversial projects through the state planning system, bypassing the Independent Planning Commission, while expecting other major projects to endure a lengthy, uncertain and costly assessment process that is costing jobs and investment in NSW.

Six year wait for Rix’s Creek approval highlights broken planning system

October 04, 2019

The approval of the Rix’s Creek South Coal Mine Continuation Project by the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) is welcome as it will secure more than 300 existing jobs, support local communities and businesses, and boost the NSW economy.

Fast Facts

In 2012-13:

  • NSW mines produced 260 million tonnes of raw coal and 196 million tonnes of saleable coal
  • NSW mines produced 174,000 tonnes of copper and 29,100kg of gold
  • ​Total NSW mining was worth $21.2 billion, including $17.8 billion worth of coal, $1.3 billion in copper and $1.6 billion of gold
  • ​Around 85% of NSW coal was exported, with the rest used to generate electricity at coal-fired power stations
  • NSW miners exported over 136 million tonnes of coal worth an estimated $15.2 billion, with over 72 million tonnes going to Japan
  • Coal accounted for 31% of all merchandise leaving NSW in 2012-13, making it the state’s most valuable commodity export
  • China is the state’s second largest customer receiving around 38 million tonnes in 2013-14 China’s portion of our exports from 1.1% in 2007-08 to 9.3% in 2010-11 and then almost doubling to 22.24 % in 2013-14
  • NSW miners return $1.3 billion a year in royalties to the state. That’s enough to fund 11,000 teachers in our schools or to construct two new hospitals and redevelop another every single year.
  • 40, 400 people work in NSW Mining (ABS, August 2014) 

 

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