The integrity of water supply catchments must always come first and this requires a much improved and independent regulatory system for mining in these areas. To achieve this aim it is necessary:
- To prohibit high impact coal mining in catchments and other environmentally sensitive areas
- Remove the Department of Industry and Investment as the environmental consent authority for underground mining operations in these areas
- To establish underground mining prohibition areas for streams and upland swamps, as well as essential infrastructure, and mining protection zones for other vulnerable areas like cliffs and cave sites;
- To enable both the Sydney Catchment Authority and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water to impose further legally enforceable prohibition or protection zones to protect catchments;
- To provide monthly public internet reporting of mine subsidence damage monitoring and advice from an independent expert ecological committee.