NSW streamlines standard mining lease conditions

On 17 October 2013, the NSW Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher announced significant amendments to the standard conditions for mining leases to reduce regulatory duplication. The amendments will result in the removal of conditions that that seek to address matters already regulated by other government departments, such as the Department of Planning. The amendments … Read more

NSW Strategic Regional Land Use Package unveiled

What’s new? The NSW Government has today released the long awaited final Strategic Regional Land Use package (SRLU Package). The SRLU Package contains a suite of new plans, policies and codes aimed at reducing land use conflicts between agricultural land use and mining and coal seam gas (CSG) projects. The SRLU Package provides the NSW … Read more

Victoria declares ban on fraccing

The Victorian Government has declared bans on: approvals to undertake hydraulic fracturing or “fraccing” as part of onshore gas exploration; and the issue of new exploration licences for coal seam gas (CSG). This move follows the ban on fraccing by the New South Wales Government, which has been in place since July 2011. The measures … Read more