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Breeders Slam NSW Premier Over Broken Promises

Leading thoroughbred breeders claim they have been let own by the NSW Government’s failure to deliver a definitive ban on mining development in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Breeders Slam NSW Premier Over Broken Promises

Leading thoroughbred breeders claim they have been let own by the NSW Government’s failure to deliver a definitive ban on mining development in the NSW Hunter Valley.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association took Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian to task for her failure to deliver on election promises and provide certainty from the threat mining poses to the breeding industry, in particular the controversial Drayton South site adjacent to the Coolmore and Darley stud farms.

“The industry notes the Government’s prohibition of open cut mining on the Drayton South site but this alone does not provide the Hunter’s breeding industry with the certainty it has been calling on for over six years,” said HTBA president Dr Cameron Collins.


“The Government had an opportunity to show vision and leadership and deliver on its election promises and Government policies to provide us with certainty and protect our industry and the water systems we rely on.

“The message the NSW Government has sent to our industry, employees and investors is that Australia’s premier thoroughbred breeding Industry is not valued, not protected and not wanted in the Hunter Valley.

“The Premier’s announcement perpetuates the land use conflict, uncertainty, instability and unnecessary community division between mining and thoroughbred breeding in the Hunter Valley.

“We called on the NSW Government not to renew the Drayton South exploration licence, which expired on April 1 2016. The Government decided to do the contrary.

“It is enormously frustrating that eight months after the second PAC rejection of mining on the Drayton South site all the NSW Government can do is announce a renewal of the exploration licence with a token gesture to prohibit open cut mining on the site.

“A decision not to renew it would have provided certainty to all players in the Hunter, send a positive signal to our industry and avoid protracted community conflict.

“We ask how many more PACs and mining applications will it take for the NSW Government to understand that mining and thoroughbred breeding are incompatible in close proximity and that the impacts of underground mining are potentially as threatening to our industry as open cut coal mining.

“The decision to renew the Drayton South EL is an untenable and unacceptable situation.”

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