Don Harwin promises to visit Shenhua Watermark coal mine site before making final decision

THE NSW Resource Minister has promised to visit the Liverpool Plains site of the controversial Shenhua Watermark coal mine before the end of the year.

TOUR: The Resource Minister Don Harwin will meet with locals and tour the site.

TOUR: The Resource Minister Don Harwin will meet with locals and tour the site.

Don Harwin was asked in parliament if he would visit locals near the proposed mine before making a final decision on the company’s application for a renewed exploration lease.

“I am pleased to advise the honourable member that even as recently as this morning I have been putting arrangements in place to do exactly that,” Mr Harwin said.

Caroona farmer Tim Duddy said it was “very important” Mr Harwin – and Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has previously been invited – visited the area.

“The ministry doesn’t understand the potential to harm agriculture businesses in this region if they allow development in close proximity to water resources,” he said.

“It’s very clear from every statement that cabinet has made that it has no grasp on the situation. The only way to education them is for them to see it on the ground.”