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Hunter Valley Breeders: Final Step In The Planning Process Looms
The final decision on the Drayton South open cut coal mine now rests with the three members of the second Planning Assessment Commission who will convene a public meeting in the Memorial Hall, Ogilvie Street, Denman on Thursday 21 August from 9.30am. This has been a long road, but this is the final hurdle. Both the first PAC and the Gateway Panel, recognised serious problems of co-existence between open cut coal mining and the thoroughbred industry. They said that the mine should not be recommended for approval. This was thanks to a great deal of support throughout the industry and others such as vineyards and tourism interests. This independent expert advice was largely overturned by the Department of Planning which in July recommended approval of a mine that meets less than half the setback the PAC suggested. If people are interested in speaking at the meeting, they need to register by 12 noon this Friday 15 August by phoning (02) 9383 2112 or emailing email@example.com with your name and phone number. Individuals are generally allotted a maximum of five minutes. A big show of support from everyone involved in the equine industry by attending on the day will make a difference.