Premier hiding Margaret River Coal advice: Greens

“The Premier is withholding information on the role of the Department of State Development in supporting coal miner LD Operations Pty. Ltd.’s mining application,” said Greens MLC, Giz Watson.

“I am still waiting for a response to my questions asked in the Parliament on 19 October 2010,” she said.

The Greens are concerned that the Department of State Development may have made pre-emptive statements and promises regarding the social impact on the community.

“I also suspect that the Department may have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the proponents of the proposed coal mine that the Premier would rather hide,” she said.

Under the Parliament’s Standing Orders, the Premier has nine sitting days to provide answers to questions. The answers should have been provided before the end of last year.
            
Earlier answers show that the Department met with the proponents at least 10 times.

 “The Premier must allow public scrutiny of the role of the Department of State Development as lead agency for this controversial proposal.” She concluded.

Questions asked of the Premier on 19 October 2010:

Referring to the Department of State Development’s role under the Lead Agency Framework in the facilitation of the Vasse Coal Project, I note that according to page six of the Lead Agency Framework, the lead ‘agency is responsible for providing proponents with information on statutory requirements and coordinating the necessary approval processes. This includes assisting proponents to identify the potential impacts of the proposal on matters such as infrastructure, the environment and regional communities as well as the social considerations that arise from the proposal’. I therefore ask -

(1) What information did the Department provide regarding the impact of the proposal on regional communities?

(2) With reference to (1), can the Minister please table this information?

(3) What information did the Department provide on the social considerations that arise from the proposal?

(4) With reference to (3), can the Minister please table this information?

(5) What research or consultation was carried out by the Department before providing the information in (1) and (3)?