The NSW government has paid $100 million to put a stop to coal mining on prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains in the state’s north-west.
- John Barilaro says he “personally negotiated” the $100 million deal with Shenhua
- Farmers have long fought against the plan for the open cut mine
- The NSW government will put $25 million into a fund for mining communities each year
The government has paid Chinese company Shenhua $100 million to withdraw its lease application for the Watermark open cut mine at Breeza near Gunnedah.
The Liverpool Plains boasts some of the best agricultural land in Australia and is considered the national food bowl.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said he personally negotiated the deal over the past…