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Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment Hawkins Rumker

The NSW Government is considering whether to release the Hawkins and Rumker areas, located about 30 km east of Mudgee NSW, for coal exploration.

As part of this process, the department has been asked to conduct a Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment (PRIA). The PRIA will involve an initial assessment of social, environmental and economic opportunities and constraints relating to the strategic release of these areas. 

Our assessment will inform the Advisory Body for Strategic Release who will advise the Minister for Regional NSW as to whether the areas should be released (either wholly or in part).

The outcome of this assessment does not pre-empt or guarantee approval of any future development applications to develop the resources.

For further information about the Strategic Release Framework and Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment, please see the information paper,


Community input is an important part of the PRIA, and your feedback will inform consideration of whether the areas should be released. 

Our assessment will focus on:

  • understanding local matters of interest and concern,
  • examining potential risks and constraints to the release of land for coal exploration, including
    • environmental and social concerns
    • potential land use conflicts
    • impacts on existing infrastructure and services

Submissions (1819)


  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

Consultation period


More information

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPIE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal