Planning Assessment Commission public meeting planned to discuss Rocky Hill mine

Members of the community attended a public meeting with the Department of Planning and Environment in September 2016. Photo: Anne Keen
Members of the community attended a public meeting with the Department of Planning and Environment in September 2016. Photo: Anne Keen

The final stages of the application process for the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine in Gloucester is underway.

After the Department Planning and Environment’s recommendation to not approve the mine application was provided to the deciding body, NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) a public meeting has been called.

 A letter has been sent to interested parties who have provided comments or a submission to the DPE in regard to Gloucester Resources Limited’s Rocky Hill Coal Project and Stratford Extension Project MOD 1, to advise the meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at the Gloucester Soldiers Club at 4pm.

The letter states: “Due to the level of public interest in the proposal, the commission will be meeting to hear public views on the DPE’s Assessment Report and recommendation, prior to determining the proposal.

“This is a final opportunity for you to comment on the DPE’s assessment before a decision is made,” the letter said.

It also advises that Lynelle Briggs, Andrew Hutton and John Hann have been named as the PAC committee who will be making the final decision in regard to the mine.

Ms Briggs is currently an independent director of Maritime Super, dhair of the General Insurance Code Governance Committee and an independent director of Goodstart Early Learning. Lynelle is the former Australian Public Service Commissioner, former deputy secretary in the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services, and former chief executive officer of Medicare. She has been chair of the Planning Assessment Commission since 2014.

Mr Hutton currently holds the position of technical director and is an executive on the Asia Pacific Management Team.  Andrew has experience in major project Environmental Impact Assessment, regulatory approvals, licensing and permitting, mine closure planning and rehabilitation, stakeholder consultation, major project and life of project risk assessment, Environmental Management Systems and environmental compliance and due diligence auditing.

Mr Hann has more than 30 years experience in land use and resource planning, covering both the public and private sectors. He is a Churchill Fellow and former construction materials Industry Association Planning chair. For the past 15 years John has focused on statutory approval processes across the broad range of Australian jurisdictions, including environmental assessment, indigenous relationships and community engagement.

In order to make any comment at the meeting, you must register to speak by contacting Philippa Vale on 9383 2115 before 1pm, Friday, November 10.

Written comments can also be submitted up to one week after the public meeting. Written comments will be weighed equally by the commission to verbal presentations.