Central Coast coal mine hits back at council claims

Wallarah Coal has hit back at Wyong Council's claims that it has been 'uncommunicative' regarding its plans to develop a new coal mine.

Wallarah Coal has hit back at Wyong Council’s claims that it has been ‘uncommunicative’ regarding its plans to develop a new coal mine.

Kerry Heywood, Wallarah’s general manager, stated the council had not responded to the company’s offer to meet, according to the Express Advocate.

It comes after mayor Bob Graham told the ABC the only response the council had from the miner was via the media.

Heywood said that when he met with the council’s general manager last November and offered to brief its members on the miner’s plans he was told the council was informed and should only be contacted when new information surfaced.

He went on to say that he contacted it again in January and earlier this month to put forth another meeting, only to receive no response.

Heywood said that he later heard on the radio that the council had asked for a full briefing.

"I certainly do not wish to create any ill feeling about this," Heywood stated in a letter to Graham last week.

"I am pleased that council wishes to have a briefing and look forward to that opportunity, however it is very disappointing to be painted as uncommunicative when this is simply not the fact."

Wyong councillors have recently pushed for the mine to be banned altogether.

The Council will ask the State Government to pass legislation to protect its valleys from mining.

Councillor Sue Wynn stated that mining in the region could potentially damage aquifers and area’s water catchment.

It comes as Wallarah Coal and its backer Korean Resources (KoRes) make another push for its proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine.

The miner is again looking to put forth a proposal to mine under the Yarramalong and Dooralong valleys on New South Wales’ Central Coast.

New requirements issued by the NSW Planning and Infrastructure department are reportedly more stringent than those previously in place.

According to opponents of the mine, it is unlikely that the miner will be able to meet this higher standard.

The mine was put back on the agenda late last year after its initial rejection in March.

 

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