Government response to Minerals Industry Action Plan

November 06, 2015

The NSW Government’s response to the Minerals Industry Action Plan prepared last year by the Minerals Industry Taskforce highlights some worthwhile initiatives. 
However, there are also some lost opportunities on several of the recommended reforms needed to secure the long term future of the state’s $21 billion mining sector.
Significantly, the Government’s response fails to address the critical issue of reforming the NSW planning system, is silent on the key recommendations in relation to the Planning Assessment Commission, and offers no response on several other key recommendations.
The Government’s response also fails to acknowledge that several of the actions highlighted as underway are actually exacerbating some of the challenges currently facing the industry, rather than helping, particularly in relation to exploration.
The NSW Minerals Council will now examine the Government’s response in more detail and seek clarification of the Government's policy intentions in several key areas.  
Our industry will also seek ongoing constructive engagement with the Government on the key unresolved issues identified in the Action Plan.
Contact: Nat Openshaw | | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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