Coal mining in NSW is governed by a number of Government Departments and Agencies.  The following links provide useful information and documents on issues related to mining in Mandalong and across NSW.

Land and Water Commissioner

The Land and water Commissioner is a new position created by the NSW Government to provide independent advice to the community regarding exploration activities on Strategic Agricultural Land throughout the state.
The role of the Land and Water Commissioner is to build community confidence in the processes governing exploration activities in NSW and facilitate greater consultation between government, community and industry. Jock Laurie is the Commissioner.

New South Wales Trade and Investment    DRE (Division of Resources and Energy)

This Department is responsible for exploration activities including environmental factors.

Their user friendly website has wide ranging information on underground coal mining in NSW. It gives guidelines to landholders on matters such as the arbitration process for access to land for exploration, liability issues, compliance and compensation. There is a clear explanation of landholders’ rights, access arrangements and compensation under the Mining Act 1992.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure   DP&I

This Department is the mining consent authority. This is where you will find information about the Mandalong development proposals and submissions.  There is also information on Performance Monitoring, the Planning Assessment Commission, VPAs, Environmental Assessment Policies and Compliance issues.

NSW Office of Water

The Office of Water manages water licences and approvals.

Planning Assessment Commission   PAC

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission is a statutory body established under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The Commission is independent of the NSW Government, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The Commission plays an important role in improving transparency and independence in the planning and decision making process of the government of NSW.

Environmental Protection Authority    EPA

This department is responsible for a mine’s compliance of their licence. The EPA website provides a comprehensive source of information on environmental matters in New South Wales including a State of the Environment report.