Menu

Govt needs to diversify away from mining: LTG

Anti-mining protest sign on the Liverpool Plains. Photo Lock the Gate

Anti-mining protest sign on the Liverpool Plains. Photo Lock the Gate

The NSW budget’s recognition of declining mining investment and the need for other sectors to lead growth needs to be backed by key policy changes on mining, says the Lock the Gate Alliance.

The state budget released yesterday highlights a sharp decline in mining investment and refers to a ‘national transition .. towards more diversified economic growth.’

Spokesperson Georgina Woods said the budget chapter providing the state’s economic outlook places emphasis on pulling NSW out of the mining slump and into non-mining recovery.

‘It’s good to see the government recognise the importance of encouraging investment in diverse sectors of the economy, but we’re concerned that the policy settings around mining don’t match the changing priorities of NSW’s economic outlook,’ she said.

‘Coal and gas mining pose severe risks to more sustainable rural and regional industries, and the NSW Government needs to back the new economic outlook with stronger constraints on mining if it wants to deliver diversified economic growth.

‘NSW needs immediate changes to mining regulation to ensure that productive agricultural industries  are not damaged by intense mining development in the wrong places.

‘Plans to push ahead with the Shenhua Coal mine on the Liverpool Plains, a vital food bowl, will destroy a productive existing industry and leave behind damage that can never be repaired.

‘Water supplies also need to be protected from mining for use in other industries – but instead NSW is putting water security at risk with coal mining in Sydney’s drinking water catchment and CSG in the Great Artesian Basin.

‘NSW needs to urgently apply a more equitable approach where other industries are given a fair go.

‘It is good to see the NSW Government allocating some resources to enable the Environment Protection Authority to become the lead regulator on CSG, but more funds are required to deliver robust science on the true risks of this unsafe industry,’ Ms Woods said.

 

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers and is brought to you by this week's sponsor  Falls Festival