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Mining industry’s stark warning after major NSW coal project blocked

The NSW Minerals Council is accusing the government of throwing away jobs and neglecting the regions after a major coal project was refused.

The multi-million-dollar Bylong Valley coal mine was knocked back by an independent planning panel because of environmental concerns.

South Korea company KEPCO’s mine near Mudgee was deemed to be at risk of producing problematic greenhouse gas emissions.

Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee tells Ray Hadley the government is neglecting jobs in the regions.

“The planning system is sending a message to investors that we are not open for business, that they don’t want new projects and they don’t want the jobs.

“The government need to take control of the planning system or our economy is going to be completely stuffed.

“The alternative universe that they are living in needs to be adjusted with a reality check pretty quickly otherwise the jobs are going to continue to be lost.”

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