NSW Closer To A PEP-11 Free Future

13 Mar 2024

Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch has welcomed the passing of the amended Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sea Bed Mining and Exploration) Bill 2024, saying NSW is now one step closer to a PEP-11 free future.

“I was pleased to support the government’s amended Bill on behalf of our community, which will ensure PEP-11 will be dead in the water for generations to come.”


“It’s pleasing that this government has finally taken onboard the recommendations by the Liberal Member for Pittwater Rory Amon, however, it’s unfortunate that they had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table to get this done, refusing to debate this issue and delaying the process by almost twelve months.”


Mr Crouch said that the Minns Labor Government had no intention of dealing with PEP-11 if it had not been for the strong advocacy of community groups like the Surfrider Foundation and Surfers for Climate alongside the Opposition and Member for Pittwater.


“I want to acknowledge the great work by these community groups, as well as the Opposition for the advocacy, passion and drive on the issue which precipitated the final albeit unnecessarily delayed delivery of the legislation today, which I was proud to support.”


“Let’s be clear, it’s only because of the pressure and leadership taken by the Liberal National Opposition that our state has led the way with this important legislation which stands in stark contrast to the total leadership failure by the Federal Labor Government and Prime Minister on this matter.”


“In a few months PEP-11 will be nothing more than a relic of the past, an appalling decision made by the Carr Labor Government which gave life to PEP-11 back in 2001.”