NSW won’t support further offshore mining and exploration permits

By Jackson Graham

February 23, 2022

NSW deputy premier Paul Toole
NSW deputy premier and minister for regional NSW Paul Toole.  (AAP Image/Pool, Dominic Lorrimer)

Future offshore exploration and mining won’t receive approval on the NSW coastline under a new landmark state government policy. 

The move comes a week after prime minister Scott Morrison denied a permit for a proposed offshore petroleum exploration permit between Manly and Newcastle.

The state government’s policy will remove support for future and pending commercial applications for offshore mineral, coal or petroleum exploration or mining, in or adjacent to, NSW coastal waters.

But offshore exploration and mining will continue to tackle coastal erosion through beach renourishment where a public benefit exists. 

Deputy premier Paul Toole said the policy recognised the state;s coastal ecosystems as “complex and sensitive” 

“[It] formalises our long-held view that the NSW government will not support offshore exploration or mining for commercial purposes,” Toole said in a statement. 

Former deputy premier John Barilaro indicated last year that the Manly to Newcastle permit should not be extended. 

Toole said the state government was committed to delivering a balanced approach to developing resources, including plans for onshore gas exploration and production.

“We’ve provided certainty to the NSW onshore coal sector, which remains a key employer and on track to deliver record royalties, and we’ve unveiled a strategy to grow the local critical minerals and advanced manufacturing sectors,” Toole said.


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