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Duddy calls for land-use strategy
Released 14 February 2011



Independent candidate for the Upper Hunter and Liverpool Plains Tim Duddy has called on the Coalition to commit to developing a land-use strategy for NSW should they become the next government.   

Attending the current government’s community and stakeholder forum in Gunnedah Duddy said, “Labor’s coal and gas strategy development process is about five years late and currently misdirected, but the process offers a chance to resolve land-use issues associated with mining development across the state.

“Planning Minister Tony Kelly and his department have stated a commitment to this process regardless of the election result."

He said the coalition needs to make clear its position on developing a strategy before the election.

“The focus of the strategy must be on sustainable land-use that allows existing local industries to thrive, not on promoting the expansion of coal and gas at the expense of everything else.

“The assumption of co-existance is misguided. There are places in this state where mining should simply not occur."

Duddy said he had talking to communities across the Upper Hunter and there is a constant message that they want certainty for existing local industries.

“The feeling I got from the forum is that there is a very limited understanding within government of the needs of agricultural communities. The concept of co-existence between mining and agriculture is thrown around but the department couldn’t cite a model where it works.
 
“The coalition needs to commit to this process and explain how they will ensure the whole community is involved and local industries are protected.”