Electronic public hearing by the IPC for Maxwell underground project set for November 11.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment has now finalised its whole-of-government assessment for the Maxwell Underground Coal Mine Project (SSD-9526) and provided it to the Independent Planning Commission NSW for determination.

The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces has requested that the Commission conduct a public hearing into the carrying out of the Project prior to determining the state significant development (SSD) application for it. As required under COVID-19 regulations, the Commission will conduct this public hearing electronically by video conference (with an option to participate by telephone).

Two Commissioners have been appointed to determine this SSD application: Professor Mary O'Kane AC (Panel chair) and Mr John Hann. They will host the Electronic Public Hearing from10am AEDT on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 to hear directly from community members. (Please note: The Commission has tentatively set aside Friday 13 November 2020 to extend the public hearing to a second day should it be necessary).

How to Have Your Say

If you wish to apply to speak at the Electronic Public Hearing, you must complete the registration form available on our website by no later than 5pm AEDT on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Those who are registered to speak will be provided further technical information closer to the hearing.

How to watch and/or listen to the Public Hearing

This Electronic Public Hearing will be broadcast on the Commission's website: www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/livestream. If you have no or limited internet access, you'll be able to listen to a live audio stream of proceedings by dialing 1800 093 431 and entering the following PIN: 66687867#

A transcript of the hearing will be published on our website.

Written submissions

The Commission will accept written comments on the Maxwell Underground Coal Mine Project up to one week (seven days) after the hearing via email, post or our online portal: www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say. The deadline for written submissions is 5pm AEDT on Friday, November 20, 2020. Written comments are weighed the same as spoken presentations.