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EXCITING PROJECTS FOR DUBBO A STEP CLOSER

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has expressed confidence in the prospect of two regionally significant mining ventures realising their potential for economic growth and employment generation.

Following a briefing from Alkane Resources Managing Director Ian Chalmers on progress with the Tomingley Gold and Copper project yesterday, Mr Grant offered enthusiastic support for the proposal that is close to completing its approval stage.

"There is no doubt that this project will be of enormous economic significance to Dubbo and the surrounding region," said Mr Grant.

Mr Grant was also briefed on the Toongi project that will tap into one of the worlds largest in- ground deposits of precious metal resources including zirconium.

"I'm really excited by these two projects, it demonstrates the deep commitment of Alkane to the local community and that the company is very much aware of its social responsibilities," said Mr Grant.

"Alkane is keen to ensure that community concerns over these operations are appropriately addressed and will continue to consult widely over the life of these projects."

"Companies like Alkane provide a good example of striking the right balance between agricultural sustainability and mineral resource extraction.

"I have every confidence that the community will embrace the opportunities created by these mining ventures to improve the livelihoods of many families within the Dubbo electorate."

GRANT DISAPPOINTED WITH MURRAY DARLING BASIN PLAN

Monday, May 28, 2012
The Member for Dubbo and Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources Troy Grant said he's disappointed with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) revised plan, released today, given the extensive consultation period with communities and stakeholders.

Mr Grant said there has been little change to the version presented to communities and the State Government last year.

"I feel the MDBA has not listened to communities, farmers and irrigators concerns," said Mr Grant. "It does not propose any change to a planned water recovery target of 2750GL of water per year and against the expert advice of NSW hydrogeologists, the MDBA has reduced the groundwater diversion limits unnecessarily in this new version groundwater limits have been revised down from 4340gl to 3184gl. There are better ways to achieve environmental outcomes than taking water from rural communities."

Mr Grant said that NSW Government has sought a diversified and measured approach to water recovery to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) in the Basin Plan.

In particular it required:
  • no further general licence buybacks until all appropriate infrastructure, environmental works and measures and rules review have been implemented,
  • a limit on licence buybacks to 3% per valley per decade once other measures are exhausted, although agreed strategic purchases can proceed,
  • equitable apportionment of the significant unallocated downstream reduction between states,
  • establishment of a structural adjustment package to assist impacted communities,
  • and a longer time frame than 2019 to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) in valleys where significant quantities of water are required to be recovered.
"The MDBA also seems determined to play down the socio-economic impacts on rural communities," said Mr Grant. "We have a six week opportunity now to provide comment through the Ministerial Council process."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

TROY GRANT GIVES FUNDING COMMITMENT TO COOKAMIDGERA COMMUNITY

Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has given a commitment to secure the appropriate funding needed for flood mitigation projects in the village of Cookamidgera, near Parkes, which has suffered from periodic flooding for several years.

Mr Grant met with Cookamidgera residents at a community meeting at the village hall recently, after the Cookamidgera Landcare group contacted Mr Grant with their concerns.

"The residents of Cookamidgera have been subject to repeated flood events for many years. The December 2010 floods were particularly damaging, causing substantial damage to the village streets and local homes," Mr Grant said.

"There have been many unsuccessful attempts by the Cookamidgera Community and Landcare Inc to obtain funding for identified mitigation work. Some of the work that needs to be carried out is the construction of a levee bank, cleaning out of Bartley's Creek as well as minor works to improve flooding in Haynes and Flagstone Street.

"During my visit to Cookamidgera I was made aware of the heartache, financial loss and stress that community members have endured as a result of the floods. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be able to help this small but vibrant community in my electorate."

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