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Gateway process

What is a Gateway assessment?

A Gateway assessment is an independent, upfront scientific assessment of the impact of new state significant mining and coal seam gas proposals on strategic agricultural land and its associated water resources. Strategic agricultural land comprises:
  • Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL) – land that has the best quality soil and water resources and is capable of sustaining high levels of productivity
  • Critical Industry Cluster (CIC) land – a concentration of significant agricultural industries potentially impacted by coal seam gas or mining development.

The Mining and Petroleum Gateway Panel oversees the Gateway assessment process, which must occur before an applicant can submit certain mining and petroleum related development applications.

The Gateway assessment process must be undertaken when mining and petroleum developments are proposed to be located on the 2.8 million hectares of BSAL that has been mapped across NSW and/or the equine and viticulture CICs in the Upper Hunter region.


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