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Notice given 20 November 2002

953  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the proposed Bickham coal-mine near Murrurundi, New South Wales:

(1) What notification has the Federal Government had about the project.

(2) Are proposed water extractions from the Pages River during studies, or when the mine is established, within national guidelines and water policy.

(3) What environmental assessment has been carried out on mine feasibility studies and/or the impact on the Pages River of a working mine.