OzEnvironmental Pty Ltd, Strathfield NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Change to mining policy

I strongly applaud the NSW Government for initiating the 2015 amendment to the Mining SEPP.
The change made in 2013 was ill-advised and put planning policy in this State back 30 years. The idea that the (short term) economic consideration of a mineral resource should take absolute precedence over environmental and social factors runs counter to world's best practice, as the planet strives for truly sustainable management of all resources - environmental, social and economic.
So I agree that this change will help build community confidence in the assessment process and we hope it will lead to the Department and the PAC giving proper eco-centric based decisions. We need major project decisions to be made that reflect the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development.

My original submission opposing Clause 12AA is attached. It elaborates on the comments made above and reinforces just why that 2013 change was so, so wrong.

Kind regards
Warwick Giblin