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Hunter Breeders Action Plan "To End Land Use Conflict"
The Thoroughbred Breeders of the Hunter Valley yesterday released a 10-Point Plan Of Action "to end the land use conflict & restore balance to the NSW Hunter Valley". It calls for "a moratorium on all new exploration & mining decisions in the Hunter Valley pending an independent, comprehensive environmental & socio-economic assessment of the cumulative impact of mining on both the area & the thoroughbred industry". The Plan also calls for "a ban on all future mining in the Hunter Valley where such activities threaten thoroughbred breeding operations". The TBHV said it was "time NSW's thoroughbred industry was recognised as an Industry Of State Significance" & also called for "the appointment of a dedicated Agriculture Minister, the establishment of an Independent Sustainable Agriculture Agency, an Independent Planning Commission & laws that respect & recognise landholder property rights". Arrowfield Group chairman John Messara commented: "We are not against mining. But we can't stand by & watch a 150-year-old industry that contributes so much to NSW & Australia be decimated."