BMPA WITHDRAWS FROM MINING DIALOGUE WORKSHOP

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BMPA WITHDRAWS FROM MINING DIALOGUE WORKSHOP

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:24 pm

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PRESS RELEASE

29 June 2011

BULGA MILBRODALE PROGRESS ASSOCIATION WITHDRAWS FROM MINING DIALOGUE WORKSHOP

Recently the NSW Minerals Council issued invitations to various parties in the Hunter Valley and Government to participate in the “Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue”. The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) carried out telephone interviews with 93 participants including a representative from the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association (BMPA). The findings by the ACCSR were published in the “Report on the Stakeholder Survey for the NSW Minerals Council” dated April 2011.

Subsequent to the issue of this report the NSW Minerals Council issued further invitations to the participants (including the BMPA) to attend a workshop to be held on 1 July in Singleton

At its meeting on Tuesday 28 July the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association elected not to attend. In reviewing the report the BMPA found that of the 93 participants interviewed there were only 15 Environment and Residents Action Groups together with 15 from Community Consultative Committees/Indigenous (it is assumed that the 15 on the CCCs were from the community and not the mining representatives). Given that the balance of interviews were carried out with Mining and Business interests the BMPA considers the imbalance prejudices the findings favouring the opinions of the vested interests. Such an imbalance would probably continue into the Workshop process thus favouring the mining companies and other businesses.

Generally it is the communities that suffer under the present coal extraction methods employed by the mining companies and yet their voice in the discussion amounts to a mere 32%.

It is the view of BMPA that the problems in the Hunter Valley caused by the Mining Industry can only be resolved at Government level with improved environmental controls and monitoring and a planning approval process that properly considers the community and the damage being caused to the environment.

The BMPA do not believe the proposed dialogue process will overcome the problems mining has caused to the community and will continue to cause in the Hunter Valley.
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