On the morning of 30 July, just after 9am, some forty people representing mining affected communities in NSW walked into the headquarters of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to present a huge Log of Claims, and their demands, to the new Secretary of the Department. http://www.logofclaims.com/
The Department of Planning is supposed to objectively weigh up the costs and benefits of mining proposals before making a decision in the public interest.
Instead they have drafted and promoted changes to the Planning Policy for Mining that elevate the economic significance of coal resources as the principal consideration for consent authorities, above the protection of water, biodiversity and quality of life.
A sample list of 17 issues identified major failures in the planning, approval and regulation process. They can only be described as an appalling litany of crimes against the taxpayers of NSW. To read them all, one after another, is truly shocking.
They were followed by a region by region list of failures, from Maules Creek, Breeza and Werris Creek in the north, all the way down the Hunter Valley and the Central West, to the Central Coast catchment, with Wallarah 2 and the Rocla quarry, to the Blue Mountains and down to the Sydney catchment.
This ‘log of claims’ that those communities presented is a list of the Department’s crimes against the citizens of this state. They have betrayed the taxpayers, selling the state for a bargain basement price to mostly overseas interests, and it is the taxpayers of NSW who are subsidising the deal.