Premier’s planning system commitments will deliver jobs boost

November 21, 2014

The NSW Premier’s commitment to reduce by half the assessment timeframe for major mining projects will help attract investment and create jobs in our state.
 
The Premier made the commitment last night at the NSW Minerals Council’s Industry and Suppliers Awards Dinner. 

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“Last night the Premier strongly backed the mining sector in NSW, acknowledging that more needed to be done to provide the right policy settings to keep mining strong,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.
 
“The strong commitment by the Premier to streamline the current planning approvals process and reduce assessment timeframes by half is a welcome sign of support for our industry.” 
 
“Mining families and communities across NSW will warmly welcome the Premier’s strong demonstration of support for their industry. We look forward to working with the Premier and his Government to help deliver these important reforms that will protect and create jobs.”
 
Reforms to the planning system announced by Planning Minister Goward today are a positive sign that the Premier will deliver on his commitment to halve assessment times for major mining projects in the next term of government.
 
“The reforms announced today are a good step in the right direction. However, more changes will be needed to ensure the Premier’s commitment to halve assessment timeframes is met.”
 
“We hope all sides of politics will embrace the changes needed to deliver the Premier’s commitment to halve assessment timeframes. Doing so will be good for the NSW economy, will protect jobs, and provide some comfort for families and communities across NSW that depend on mining projects for their economic future.”
 
 
Contact: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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