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Rejoicing NSW breeders told to hold horses

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016

Two thoroughbred farms in a NSW Hunter Valley community are being advised to put a rein on celebrations following reports the NSW government would impose measures to protect them from a nearby coal mine.

Residents and breeders, who have waged a long campaign against Anglo American's proposed Drayton South mine, were reportedly rejoicing the cancelling of a mining licence.

According to News Corp Australia reports on Thursday, the government would install buffer zones protecting the Darley and Coolmore stud farms from the threat of a large open-plan pit less than a kilometre from their properties.

But NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes rejected the media report, claiming the government "has not made any decisions in response to a determination as no determination has been made".

He said the decision is up to the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC), and it would likely determine whether or not to approve the Drayton South mine in the first few months of 2017.

"Any government intervention in an independent assessment could improperly affect that assessment. It is inappropriate to comment further before the commission makes a determination," Mr Stokes said in a statement on Thursday.

The Drayton South mine has been in the pipeline for about six years and has already been rejected three times by the PAC, despite numerous revisions.

Anglo American's latest revisions, which include managing dust, noise and blasting issues, were recommended for approval by the governmental Department of Planning.

The move sparked outrage from the racing industry, which said the conditions would be unmanageable given the mine would be within 900 metres of the studs.

"No amount of conditions can safeguard against mining less than one kilometre from where Australia's premier studs operate and where communities of people live and raise their children," Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association president Cameron Collins previously told AAP.

The prize-winning studs have housed champions including Black Caviar and Winx.

Anti-coal mining organisation Lock the Gate Alliance says the government needs to put an end to the mining conflict as rumours swirl.

"We urge the government to put in place systematic and permanent protections for existing agricultural and tourism industries and sensitive areas across the Hunter," spokeswoman Georgina Woods said in a statement on Thursday.

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