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POWER PLANT IN DOUBT

The Port Macquarie Hastings Council does not have to proceed with the sale of land to International Power for the purpose of a Diesel Power Plant at Heron’s Creek near Kew according to legal advice obtained by the North Coast Environment Council.

“Under the now sacked PMH Council ‘in principle’ approval was given for the land so be sold for this purpose. However this decision was not made by the Council at a Council meeting. As such it never appeared on the Council Agenda papers with an opportunity for the community to comment. Similarly it appears no decision was made by Council to delegate to staff the decision to sell the land. So the ‘in principle’ decision may be invalid,” said NCEC Vice-President Susie Russell.

“Since the news about the proposal broke, the community has made it very clear it does not support the proposal and does not support the PMHC selling land to the proponent.

“Our legal advice is that given there are serious questions surrounding the ‘in principle’ sale decision, the Council Administrator can withdraw that support. That doesn’t necessarily stop International Power from proceeding with its application to Planning Minister Sartor but it may mean that any approval will be invalid and open to challenge in the Land and Environment Court.

“We understand that the Council has also sought legal advice and look forward to them making that advice public. There are clearly opportunities for Council to regain the community’s trust and work both in the interests of the environment and ratepayers.

“The community will be able to hear more about this and other reasons that this proposal is unsustainable and unsuitable for the times we live in, at a forum organized by the Environmental Defenders Office, the NCEC and RAPP (Residents against Power Pollution) to be held this Thursday, the 12th at 7pm at the Laurieton RSL,” Ms Russell said.

released June 11

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