Central Coast coal mine back on the agenda

 The massive Wallarah 2 coal project has been revived, with backer Korean Resources (KoRes) seeking approval from the NSW state government.

The underground coal mine was originally rejected in March, just prior to the state election, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Kerry Heywood, Wallarah 2 general manager, said the mine’s owners met with NSW premier Barry O’Farrell who had "reiterated the government’s commitment to merit based planning processes".

The proposal for the underground coal mine was previously rejected by planning minister Tony Kelly.

Soon after this Craig Thomson, Federal member for Wyong, where the mine is located, called for the state government to ban all coal mining in the region.

Dobell Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson said the government must legislate “to stop coal mining once and for all in the valleys of Wyong Shire”, according to the Express Advocate.

“Mr OFarrell made a clear promise that he would stop the mine if elected but this promise must be backed by legislation now,” Thomson said.

“Otherwise we will see time and money wasted because the community will again have to fight this coal mine plan and again prove that our water supply must be protected.”

The rejection and Thomson’s statements were welcomed by environmentalists, Lake Macquarie mayor and fellow MP Greg Piper, who was against the mine, stated that it was rejected on "very doubtful reasons".

At the time of the coal mine’s proposal rejection, Wallarah 2 director Peter Hayes told Australian Mining that the company is currently “reviewing the statements by the Government, and hadn’t given up on the mine yet".

KoRes has now re-commissioned studies for its reapplication, which will go to the NSW Department of Planning next year.


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