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Hunter Breeders Support Farmers Call For Moratorium
Thoroughbred Breeders Of The Hunter Valley issued a statement yesterday "supporting the NSW Farmers' Association call for a moratorium on new mining & coal seam gas applications & development in the Hunter Valley". TBOTHV declared: "The land use conflicts in the Hunter Valley are at a tipping point. The Hunter's multi-billion dollar thoroughbred breeding industry & other sustainable agricultural industries continue to be threatened by the increasing encroachment of mining operations in the region. The potential for permanent sterilisation of productive agricultural land, the sovereign risks to significant investments by established sustainable industries, thousands of jobs & the health of our environment & regional communities hang in the balance." Arrowfield Stud proprietor John Messara commented: "We welcome reports in the media that NSW Shadow Minister For Primary Industries & Energy Duncan Gay says the Coalition won't rule out agreeing to a moratorium for new mining or coal seam gas development. 70% of NSW is currently under mineral & petroleum title & application. The time has come for a sensible orderly pause & a sustainable strategy to be developed before the Hunter Valley is irreparably & irreversibly damaged."