Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Angus Place mine extension – heralds damaging mining in the spectacular Gardens of Stone region

Today Centennial Coal placed on public exhibition a revised plan for the Angus Place mine north of Lithgow.

The proposal seeks to mine coal more intensively than previously at its Springvale mine.  The mine project covers an enormous area - 10,551ha of Newnes State Forest and Centennial Coal is seeking a consent to mine coal until 2053.

“The 33 year coal mine life extension sought by Centennial Coal will help ensure life on the planet is cooked by climate change.  This attempt to grandfather a coal mine approval must be thrown out,” said Keith Muir, Colong Foundation executive director Keith Muir.

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness objects to this proposed Angus Place mine extension due to unacceptable impacts:

  • Five endangered swamps and the wonderful fields of boronia and other wildflowers in those swamps will be destroyed – (TriStar, Twin Gully, Birds Rock, Crocodile and Trail 6 will be hydraulically impacted by the mine);

  • Key populations of nationally listed animals - the blue mountains water skink and the giant dragonfly – will also be lost due to the swamp damage;

  • Water flows in the Wolgan River that pass through the World Heritage Area and over Wolgan Fall will be diminished, and Carne Creek will also lose its pristine flows – (Carne Creek is a key feature of the One and Only Wolgan Resort, eroding its green cachet);

  • The “protected” Birds Rock Flora Reserve shall be undermined, and this spectacular rock formation shall be fractured;

  • Cliffs will collapse and pagoda rock formations cracked in the mining area; and

  • Grandfathering the Angus Place mine is a transparent attempt to block social adaptation to climate change by locking in coal consumption.

“Angus Place mine proposes to send up to 30 megalitres of mine water a day that it will drain from Newnes Plateau to the new Springvale Water Treatment Plant that will service the water needs of the Mt Piper Power Station.  This water management and the offset money for heritage damage can not compensate for the loss of national and international heritage,” Mr Muir said.

“Once the coal industry is gone, Lithgow will wonder why it did not do more to protect its cultural and natural heritage assets of the Gardens of Stone region upon which their tourism future rests.  This is the last big mine proposal in the region, and more needs to be done to protect the natural environment than the steps Centennial has so far made”, he said.

For more info. Contact Keith Muir 9261 2400 office; 0412 791 404 mob

Angus Place extension project amendment report