The New South Wales Land and Environment Court has determined to refuse the development application for the Rocky Hill Coal Project today.

Gloucester Resources Limited will assess the implications of today’s decision and consider its next steps.

GRL Chief Operating Officer Brian Clifford said he was disappointed that the NSW Land and Environment Court had refused the mining application in circumstances where the application had met all non-discretionary criteria.

Mr Clifford said GRL appealed the Planning and Assessment Commission’s refusal of the project because the extensive environmental assessment of the project over 5 years had concluded that the project could proceed with conditions and met all non-discretionary criteria as set out by the NSW Government.

“The Department of Planning, and the Planning Assessment Commission, both found the project met all non-discretionary criteria, and on this basis GRL felt compelled to pursue the project,” Mr Clifford said.
He thanked the project’s supporters, who had welcomed the opportunity for economic growth in Gloucester.