There must be a way around Woodsreef

MEMBER for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the NSW government’s decision to conduct a scoping study into an alternative route around Woodsreef Mine.
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The scoping study, announced by deputy premier Andrew Stoner and to be commissioned by the Woodsreef Taskforce, will investigate the feasibility of constructing an alternative route in the event of the closure of a section of Mine Rd.

That closure was a key recommendation of the NSW Ombudsman’s report, Responding to the Asbestos Problem: The need for significant reform in NSW, November 2010.

“The closure of Mine Rd is one of the most effective means of ensuring the public’s safety, by restricting access to the mine, the associated asbestos tailings and the processing infrastructure,” Mr Anderson said.

“However, in the event of it closing, we need to consider the possibility of delivering an appropriate alternative transport route for the locals.”

He said Mr Stoner had agreed to delay the road closure while a scoping study was completed.

“The study will investigate the least-cost option, that is – the road need only be ‘like for like’, if that is possible, while ensuring the health and safety of the community,” Mr Anderson said.

Once completed, the government and the Woodsreef Taskforce will need to determine if it is feasible and affordable to build the alternative route around the controversial mine site.

The scoping study will also have to address issues including concerns over the alternative route passing through an area of naturally occurring asbestos, the need to provide for all-weather access and the potential need for compulsory acquisition of private land.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the NSW government’s decision to conduct a scoping study into an alternative route around Woodsreef Mine.

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