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Making the mark: what the Watermark mine says about mining approval in Australia

After a staggering seven years, the controversial Watermark coal mine in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has secured conditional federal approval, subject to strict conditions. Considering the public opposition, political wrangling, litigation and long approval time frame Watermark has faced, what hurdles should mining companies now expect to overcome when trying to secure a coal mining lease in modern-day Australia?

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