Newcastle rallies against planning changes

HUNDREDS of mine workers, businesses and their families rallied against a proposed planning change in Newcastle, New South Wales, yesterday they fear would hamper regional economic benefits from mining-related developments.

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New South Wales' Hunter region is home to many mining projects and a large mining community.

The change relates to removing section 12AA from the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 – also known as the Mining SEEP – which defines