The NSW Independent Planning Commission has approved the Mount Pleasant Optimisation Project located in the Upper Hunter, with strict conditions.
MACH Mount Pleasant Operations Pty Ltd, as the Applicant and operator, has sought approval to extend the life of Mount Pleasant Operations until December 2048 and deepen part of the open cut mining area, allowing for the extraction of approximately 444 million tonnes (Mt) of run-of-mine coal over the life of the mine. The Project would also increase the existing approved extraction rates from 10.5 to 21 Mt per annum of run-of-mine coal.
The Department of Planning and Environment completed its whole-of-government assessment of the application in May this year and recommended to the Commission that the Project be approved.
A three-member Commission Panel, comprising Professor Alice Clark (Chair), Professor Chris Fell AO and Mr Terry Bailey, met with the Department of Planning and Environment, the Applicant, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Upper Hunter Shire Council. The Panel also conducted an inspection of the site and hosted a two-day Public Hearing in July to hear community views. The Commission received 689 submissions in support of the Application, 251 objections, 20 comments and 80 emailed submissions.
The Commission has today, 6 September 2022, determined to grant conditional development consent to the Project. In coming to this decision, the Commission finds that the application is consistent with the Objects of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.
Documents relating to this decision can be found on the Commission’s website: https://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/projects/2022/05/mt-pleasant-optimisation-project-ssd-10418
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