Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

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Campaign Objectives

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.