The Mine Subsidence Board (MSB) is responsible for administering the Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1961 (the Act). It has three primary functions:
- To provide compensation where surface developments are damaged by mine subsidence following extraction of coal or shale in NSW;
- To control surface development within Mine Subsidence Districts to minimise liabilities arising from mine subsidence; and
- To manage risk associated with mine subsidence including public awareness of mine subsidence.
Public Exhibition of Proposed Changes to Mine Subsidence Districts
The MSB has initiated a review of mine subsidence districts (districts) across NSW. Changes to districts are proposed to ensure consistency, reduce unnecessary costs and mitigate potential mine subsidence risks.
The proposed changes include new districts, extensions to current districts and revoking some areas.
Areas that are proposed to be revoked present minimal risk of subsidence and do not justify the costs associated with the increased regulatory requirements that apply to development.
In most cases, extensions or new districts are proposed in areas where development has progressed over the last decade. Including these additional areas will allow the MSB to effectively mitigate subsidence damages to buildings and other structures.
Properties outside of proclaimed districts are not required to attain MSB approval for development applications. All properties across NSW, regardless of whether they are included or excluded from a district, are eligible for compensation in the unlikely event that mine subsidence damages occur.
Details of the specific changes proposed to each district are outlined here.
Find out more
Community information sessions are being held across NSW throughout August 2016 to provide community members with the opportunity to meet with an MSB representative and understand the proposals in detail. A schedule of the information sessions can be found here.
Have your say
The community is encouraged to submit feedback on the proposed changes to districts. Submissions can be lodged by emailing email@example.com. Submissions close 31 August 2016. Further information can be found at http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au.
Q & A - Proposed changes to districts