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Council reacts to Bylong Coal project rejection by IPC

posted Sep 19, 2019, 3:26 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Sep 19, 2019, 3:26 PM ]

Wednesday’s announcement by the NSW Independent Planning Commission of its rejection of Kepco’s proposed Bylong Coal project

has been described by Rylstone-based Mid-Western Regional Councillor Peter Shelley as a “catastrophe” for the Rylstone -Kandos region.


Councillor Peter Shelley put forward a motion as Urgent Business Without notice at Wednesday night’s Council meeting.


That motion, which was passed unanimously, said;


“That Council:

1. Note the decision by the independent planning commission on the proposed Bylong Coal Project;

2. Urgently seek a meeting with the NSW Premier and relevant ministers on the matter;

3. Express to the State Government and the Independent planning commission the anger and distress of a significant majority of the community with this decision;

4. Strongly represent the entire Mid-Western Regional Council community in detailing the economic and social distress that will be caused by this decision, particularly for the towns of Rylstone and Kandos;

5. Seek a solution from the State Government that will enable the survival of the Rylstone and Kandos communities including all legislative options to overturn the decision of the independent planning commission; and

5. Write to the Prime Minister seeking an urgent meeting with the relevant Federal Minister seeking their intervention on the matter.”


Passed. All in favour.


At this point Kepco has issued only a brief response to the commission’s decision saying;


“KEPCO is disappointed in the decision and are reviewing the statement of reasons for decision”.