Miner to pay for 10 year stretch

A NEW South Wales clay miner has made an enforceable undertaking to pay $71,737 to a local community, the Department of Planning and Environment and the NSW Resources Regulator after mining for more than 10 years without an authorisation or a mining lease.

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Operator fined for mining without a lease.

The company, Namoi Valley Bricks, started mining clay/shale and structural clay from the Wilga Park clay mine near the town of Gunnedah in NSW's northwest in May 2007.