CONNECTING COUNTRY COMMUNITIES – JUNE 2010
Premier announces: No newcoal mine in the Upper Hunter
Premier Kristina Keneally andMinister for Planning, Tony Kelly,announced the Bickham CoalProject – a proposal for an open cutmine to extract coal for the next 25years – will not proceed.
The project was stopped due torisks of water contamination anddrainage particularly on the PagesRiver and the incompatibility of landuse – threatening the viability of theregion’s internationally renownedthoroughbred breeding industry.“This decision gives the State’sthoroughbred industry the increasedcertainty it needs to continue toharness the dynamic global market– of which it is a leader,” PremierKristina Keneally said.Minister Kelly said that the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC)review of water studies providedadditional technical rigour andexpertise to the Department of Planning’s assessment of the project.“The PAC received submissionsfrom stakeholders, and conductedpublic hearings and meeting withexperts, Government agencies,local government and industrygroups,” Tony Kelly said.
Frank Terenzinipromoted toCabinet
Premier Kristina Keneallyhas promoted Member forMaitland and Country LaborMember, Frank Terenzini,to the Cabinet following theresignation of the Ministerfor Transport and Roads,David Campbell.
Frank Terenzini will becomeMinister for Housing, Ministerfor Small Business and Minister Assisting the Premier onVeterans Affairs. He joins otherCountry Labor members, TonyKelly, Ian Macdonald, SteveWhan and Phil Costa in theMinistry.Country Labour congratulatesFrank on his promotion.
PremierKris tinaKeneallya t ArrowfeldHorse S tud.Coun tr y LabourMember Frank Terenzinihas been promo tedto Cabine t.
NSW’s multi-billion dollar thoroughbred industry – the world’s secondlargest – will be protected following a State Government decision toprohibit coal mining at the Bickham site in the NSW Upper Hunter.