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Rules suit developers, not real rural lifestyles 

I agree entirely with Dianne Irwin ("Leave us alone", Wollondilly Advertiser, July 2).

When I bought my 27 acres more than 40 years ago, Wollondilly was real rural living with quarter-acre blocks in the towns like Thirlmere and Douglas Park and larger blocks and properties outside of that from one acre up.

It was an ideal rural lifestyle.

Now the only development encouraged is that done by major developers with their "paradise garden estates".

The present 40-acre minimum seems to only suit the big developers who can apply to the Land and Environment Court for projects like Wilton Junction.

Every large property that is split provides an extra ratepayer for the shire.

Andrew Duncan, Wilton

Exclusion zone at risk

The two-kilometre coal seam gas residential exclusion zone is now in question.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "The Baird government has proposed opening a loophole to allow fracking of coal seam gas wells within a few hundred metres of homes.

"The government plans to modify the State Environmental Planning Policy in a way that may allow AGL to carry out hydraulic fracturing - usually referred to fracking - close to homes in the Gloucester area of the Hunter region without completing a full environmental impact study.

"A similar large-scale drilling project planned for western Sydney was ruled out in 2013, partly as a result of its proximity to homes near Liverpool, Campbelltown and Camden."

If they are proposing this for Gloucester then what is to stop them here in the Macarthur region?

The article goes on to say an environmental impact statement would not need to be done.

So my question is, if the government can change this with a stroke of the pen so to speak, then what is the chance that AGL will pressure the government to change the planning laws here, too?

I can't be led to believe that the people of Macarthur are safe from the Camden gas plant expanding northward near homes.

AGL has a track record of failing to monitor water and air quality and breaching their licence as shown in the recent EPA audit.

Will AGL withdraw its northern expansion plans?

Will our neighbourhoods become a dirty industrial mining area with all the unsightly trimmings that go with it?

Gas fields leak.

Heather Edwards, Stop CSG Macarthur president