Cessnock endorses MoU for NSW Mining Development
Cessnock City Council has endorsed the Association of Mining Related Councils to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NSW Minerals Council, set to facilitate a stronger working relationship with the mining sector.
The MoU will enable Council opportunities to engage with the mining industry to help secure better outcomes for the local community. This could include contributions for local roads and infrastructure.
The agreement adopts a framework for negotiating Planning Agreements for mining developments in NSW and is supported by a negotiation time frame document.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the endorsement of the MoU.
“Our community has a long association with the mining industry and this is an opportunity to develop closer working relationships, particularly in relation to Planning Agreements”.
“Council will be more involved in the decision making process with a view to improve outcomes for our community”, Cr Pynsent.
The document, drafted in collaboration with the NSW Minerals Council, aims to promote transparency for the community and increase efficiency.
The Association of Mining Related Councils requested Cessnock City Council, as a member of the association, support the MoU.