Gulgong Community Action Group. (GCAG
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adjournment set for November 2013.
Mac court adjourned
Aug. 5, 2013, 4 a.m. article written by MUDGEE GUARDIAN.
The Land and Environment Court appeal hearing between The Mac Services Group
and Mid-Western Regional Council has been temporarily adjourned.
According to the Gulgong Community Action Group, the adjournment came on
Friday because of contentions about The Mac’s storm water management plan in its
development application for a $26 million, 400-bed mining village on Black Lead
Lane. The Action Group said on Thursday that The Mac has been asked to resubmit
the storm water management plan within two weeks for an amendment relating to a
Last Monday Land and Environment Court Commissioner Susan Dixon visited the
proposed site for The Mac Gulgong development.
She also witnessed about 100 residents protesting the development before
hearing evidence at Gulgong RSL from several speakers. At the hearing last
Monday, Mid-Western Regional Council’s Queens Counsel, Sandra Duggan, told the
audience Commissioner Dixon had also been instructed to take a walk around the
historic town of Gulgong.
Gulgong residents have argued permissibility of a 400-bed mining village on
Black Lead Lane is a “finer point” considering potentially damaging social,
economic and environmental impacts on the town.
The appeal came about after the Western Joint Regional Planning Panel
rejected The Mac’s development application in October 2012. The Panel’s
rejection was based around Mid-Western Regional Council successfully arguing
temporary workers’ accommodation could be defined as “tourist and visitor
accommodation” a prohibited use in the rural zoned site. The Mac has previously
said it will be the purpose the accommodation serves, not the physical act of
providing accommodation, which will give the development its character
The Gulgong Community Action Group is strongly opposed to the development of a temporary MAC coal mining FIFO village on the outskirts of Gulgong NSW
The Mac Group's controversial development application may be on the edge of beautiful historic town of Gulgong, but Gulgong is a town of the Mid Western Region and this is a MWR issue with numerous negative effects and disadvantages for the whole region.
This is also an ongoing issue for our neighbours in the Hunter Region. Anyone living in either of these regions will be affected by what happens in Gulgong.
If the Mac are allowed to build a camp on agricultural land on the edge of historic Gulgong after
Once it is here there is no going back. This is not what we want for our region and everyone in the Mid Western Region needs to stand up for their towns and communities. NO TWAs for the Mid Western Region! KEEP IT LOCAL!
Below are some of the concerns already expressed by people in the community:
ABC News recently reported on the rapid growth and consequential social and economic impacts of a typical FIFO workforce in Moranbah, Queensland. Click to read more
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