Over a hundred opal mines targeted in audit blitz

Published: 24th July 2017

More than 100 non-compliance breaches were identified in a two-day blitz in Lightning Ridge’s opal fields by officers from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.


Lightning Ridge opal mines to be placed under the spotlight

Published: 10th July 2017

Officers from the Department of Planning and Environment will travel to the Lightning Ridge district in far west NSW to undertake a compliance operation focussing on mineral claims in the town’s opal fields.


Now in effect: Ancillary mining activities and other updates to the Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991

Published: 29th June 2017

The Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 was passed by the NSW Parliament on 20 June 2017. It commenced on 27 June 2017 following the Governor’s assent.


Reminder: Suspension of conditions or operations under the Mining Act

Published: 28th June 2017

The Mining Act provides mechanisms for the suspension of mining operations under an authorisation, or suspension of specific conditions of an authorisation, with the written consent of the Minister (or an authorised delegate).


Resources Regulator announces prosecution proceedings against two Wollongong coal companies

Published: 23rd June 2017

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator has announced the commencement of prosecution proceedings against two coal companies in Wollongong.


Need help? Introducing DRG’s Community and Engagement team

Published: 22nd June 2017

Resources and energy exploration and regulation are complex areas. The Community Engagement Team understands these issues and provides information and assistance in getting your questions answered.


Everything you need to know about rehabilitation reform

Published: 21st June 2017

All mining operators will be required to develop a Rehabilitation Management Plan (RMP) to demonstrate how rehabilitation will be managed at a given site.


ABS statistics show exploration recovery for NSW

Published: 20th June 2017

The March 2017 quarter figures report mineral exploration expenditure in NSW as $36.7 million dollars, up from $30.7 million in the December 2016 quarter and $28.7 million for the same period in 2016.


Resources Customer Portal

Published: 19th June 2017

The Department has developed a Resources Customer Portal to simplify the title application process by providing the information and support you need in a single place.


Central NSW set to become the 'scandium belt'

Published: 16th June 2017

Scandium has long been recognised as a valuable commodity, however, concentrated occurrences for economic extraction are extremely rare.