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Two coal mines rejected in NSW

In a letter to the editor Drew Hutton said:-

‘Yesterday, not one, but two coal mines were rejected in New South Wales. Out of nearly 30 coal mines, extensions and modifications assessed by the Planning Assessment Commission over the last two years, these are the first ones to be knocked back.

World class horse-breeding studs in the Hunter Valley and unique rock formations known as the ‘Gardens of Stone’ in the Blue Mountains have both been saved from open-cut coal mining by these decisions. A reprieve for two amazing landscapes.

Our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to the people and communities who worked so hard to defend them.
This follows hard on the heels of a decision by the NSW Minister for Resources to cancel three coal seam gas licences last week.

Inch by inch, action by action, together we are starting to restore some balance.

If you would like to keep the momentum building, please consider becoming a Gate Keeper today.

With your support you can provide Lock the Gate with the certainty we need to plan ahead and to make sure we are there to support communities when they need us most.

The tide is turning. Success is within our grasp. Let’s keep the ball rolling…..

Many thanks,

Drew Hutton

Lock the Gate Alliance

An interview with Mitch Williams MP regarding the above, is coming up on 5THE FM, and a full report on his interview will be posted on wattlerangenow.

Letter to the editor – Glenn Brown

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Glenn Brown Corcoran Ward nominee


Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank Mr Churches for voicing his opinions about Council issues in the recent article in the SE Times. Mr Churches comments, concerns and ideas should serve as a reminder to Council, Councillors and aspiring Councillors that there are members of the public who have ideas and opinions about the actions or non-actions of Council. I certainly agree with Mr Churches comments about event base tourism, and I am sure there are many other people who have ideas worth listening too.

The current Council strategic plan was developed with a good deal of community consultation using focus groups and attempted to capture the wants, needs and aspirations of the communities within the Council area, but that was back in 2010. The strategic plan was then reviewed internally by Council in 2012. In my view it is time to develop a new strategic plan, a plan developed in consultation with the community using a variety of consultation processes such as, face to face consultation, questionnaires, and ward consultation and social media to connect with our younger residents.

Whilst some may see a formal strategic plan as a bureaucratic document it should be the document that guides Council’s decision making during the term of the Council. To be useful the document needs to represent the views of the ratepayers and prioritise all the goals to be achieved.
It is then the role of Council to determine how to achieve the required outcomes.

Glenn Brown
Corcoran Ward Nominee


High Tea and Memories

Thursday 30th October 2014 – High Tea ‘Down Memory Lane’.

1:30 p.m. – Civic and Arts Centre ‘Supper Room’ – Come and listen to the local history speaker Colleen Hammat and enjoy a beautiful high tea, courtesy of Resthaven Inc. Bring an early childhood, wedding or simply a special ‘old’ photo with you to share. Booking essential, please contact Council on 87 330900. FREE EVENT