Land and Environment Court protects cultural knowledge
On 26 June 2013, the NSW Land and Environment Court made special orders to protect culturally sensitive information in documents produced under subpoena in Hunter Environment Lobby v Minister for Planning and Ashton Coal.
The case is a merits appeal against approval of Ashton Coal’s proposed South East Open Cut coal mine in the Hunter Valley by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.
One of the key issues for determination by the Court in this merits appeal is whether the open cut mine should be allowed to go ahead over an area that Ashton Coal’s own consultant says is of high Aboriginal cultural significance. The hearing is to be held in September 2013.