Yesterday, the NSW Independent Planning Commission refused the development of the Bylong Valley coalmine. The decision allows this beautiful valley to be retained unscathed.

At the request of the Heritage Council, Hector Abrahams Architects wrote an assessment both of the landscape and the impact of the proposed mine on the landscape’s cultural and heritage values. Godden McKay Logan also wrote a report for the Commission on heritage impact giving similar arguments.

In their ruling the Independent Planning Commission concluded, “The Project is not in the public interest because it is contrary to the principles of ESD (ecologically sustainable development) – namely inter-generational equity because the predicted economic benefits would accrue to the present generation but the long-term environmental, heritage and agricultural costs will be borne by the future generations”.