Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today joined Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce in announcing that the water trigger had been activated on the Shenhua mine application.


Mr Anderson said “I have always been concerned about the claim that the hard rock and alluvial water had no connectivity and was confident in calling for greater examination of the water flows would lead to a better process.”


“The people of the region can now be confident that if this project is to proceed it will only do so after being shown to be totally safe to the water, lands and people around it.


“Minister Joyce has been magnificent in listening to my concerns and passing them on through the Federal Government to Minister Hunt and I believe he has made the only logical decision available.


“Protecting the people, the land and water around the mine is not done by chanting simple slogans, you can only do it with a plan and way to actually achieve something.


“I congratulate Minister Hunt, I congratulate the farmers and residents of the Liverpool plains and tell them this is only the first step on doing everything we can to protect them.


“At Breeza on Wednesday I said this fight was not over. Just as it was not over then, it is not over now and I intend to stay up for the fight and do everything I can to ensure this process is fair, transparent and we achieve the best outcome for everybody,” Mr Anderson said.



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