A motion by Singleton Council for Local Government NSW to lobby for an industry-funded body to facilitate the best use of post-production open cut mined land has been backed by the LGNSW Annual Conference.
A second motion for Local Government NSW to lobby the State Government to maintain the current production levy on coal operations in NSW was also passed on the second day of proceedings.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, councillors Danny Thompson and Sue George and General Manager Jason Linnane took Singleton’s motions to the conference following on from representations to the NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts and Mining NSW last month.
Cr Moore said the aim of the fund was to research the environmental, economic and social impacts of post-production open cut mined land and its potential to be an asset for the people of NSW.
“The significance of the passing of these motions is that the issue of post production mining land is recognised as having State importance,” she said.
“Singleton feels very strongly about establishing an industry-funded body which obviously has benefit for mining areas in our local government areas.
“But the reality is, every person in NSW reaps the economic benefits from mining and therefore the rehabilitation of post-production mining land should be an issue for all of us to address.”
Cr Thompson said keeping the current production levy on coal operations in NSW was an obvious means to fund such a body.
“The NSW Government is changing the funding requirements for the Mine Subsidence Board to relieve open cut mining of subsidising the surface damage caused by underground mining,” he said.
“The motion passed today suggests that rather than refunding that portion of the levy to open cut mining companies, the monies be redirected to support and oversee the ‘best practice’ use of mining land post production.
“It was great to see both of Singleton’s motions gain the support of councils from across NSW, and great that we can add the weight of LGNSW to our ongoing conversations on this issue.”