Council consulted on coal seam gas mining 

GREATER Taree City councillors and staff will meet with NSW chief scientist and engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane on Monday, as part of her independent review of the State's coal seam gas activities.

The review is examining the human health and environmental impacts of coal seam gas development in the Manning Valley and other regions.

"This is a great opportunity for myself and other councillors to represent the people of the Manning Valley on this important issue," Greater Taree City mayor, Paul Hogan said.

"We are pleased that Professor O'Kane has invited council and affected community and business groups to meet with her and share their views about coal seam gas-related activities."

Public submissions to the coal seam gas review can be viewed at with up-to-date information about the independent review of the State's coal seam gas activities.

"As outlined in Professor O'Kane's initial report on coal seam gas activities in July of this year, coal seam gas mining remains an issue of exceptional community concern," the mayor said. "We thank the chief scientist for inviting councillors and staff to meet and discuss issues important to our Manning Valley residents."

Professor O'Kane will also meet with the member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead on Monday morning, be fore holding talks with concerned community groups that afternoon.

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