Rejection of Riverina CSG applications welcomed

NSW Farmers today welcomed an announcement by the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy to reject five coal seam gas exploration licence applications covering a vast area of land in the Riverina.

NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson said the announcement was finally a recognition of community and farmers’ concerns about coal seam gas exploration in the state’s food growing bowl.

Ms Simson said that while NSW Farmers was not against a coal seam gas industry, it should not be at the expense of agricultural land or water resources, nor regional communities.

“We are pleased the latest round of applications have been rejected and that the NSW Government and Minister Roberts are not blindly accepting coal seam gas proposals when adequate science and precautions are not put forward,” she said.

“We congratulate the communities in the Riverina which have taken the advice of NSW Farmers and engaged with such dedication in this process. Our landholders were thrown into the deep end and rallied extremely quickly to demonstrate their concerns to elected representatives.

“It’s moments like these that our work on behalf of landholders is reaffirmed and gives us further impetus to continue our work towards a bright future for our farmers and the rural and the regional communities where they live,” she concluded.

Ms Simson said NSW Farmers would be watching closely developments in the coal seam gas application space to ensure the government exercised similar caution on what it described as “deficient applications” which lacked ”financial and technical capabilities.”

Contact: NSW Farmers

Phone: 1300 794 000

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