Hawkins and Rumker potential release areas ruled out for coal exploration

The NSW Government will not release the Hawkins and Rumker potential release areas for coal exploration under the Strategic Release Framework.

This decision by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, the Hon. Paul Toole MP, accepts the recommendation made by the Advisory Body for Strategic Release to not release the areas because of significant commercial, logistical and social constraints which mean there is a low probability of a new coal mine being developed in the area.

In making its recommendation, the Advisory Body for Strategic Release considered the Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment Report, the Resource Assessment Summary Report and Commercial Viability Assessment Report.

The map of areas in NSW coal regions available and excluded from future coal exploration and mining has been updated to remove the Hawkins and Rumker potential release areas.

The Advisory Body for Strategic Release recommendation and considered reports are available below: