Bathurst and Orange are set to gain more out of the construction of a new gold mine near Blayney than Blayney itself, according to a group of residents opposing the development.
Belubula Headwaters Protection Group president Dan Sutton said there were inconsistencies in the Environmental Impact Statement, including the economic benefits.
Mr Sutton says that there is no clarification in the EIS of the number of jobs being created by Regis Resources' project.
"They talk of peak jobs of 710 and around an average of 500 during the construction period but there is no justification for where those jobs are and how they're getting to those numbers. It appears that Regis are just saying numbers that they like," he said.
"The EIS states that 89 jobs will be created when it's running but also states that 14 of those will go to new employees and the rest will come from existing employment."
"It would appear that Bathurst and Orange will benefit more than Blayney will from this gold mine."
On a macro level Mr Sutton says that the benefit to the NSW economy is also negligible.
"There is a net benefit of approximately $143 million to the NSW economy and that's less than 0.025 of the state's GDP, less than a quarter of a per cent of the GDP of NSW and they're selling it like it's the greatest thing to the economy," he said.
The BHPG will hold its first public forum at Blayney Community Centre on Tuesday at 6pm.
Public submissions into the project remain open for another four weeks.
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