The Environmental Impact Statement for the Shenhua Watermark Coal Project near Gunnedah in north west NSW has been released for public consultation.
Project manager for Shenhua Watermark, Paul Jackson said the EIS of more than 3,000 pages is one of the most thorough assessments undertaken in the state.
“We have invested considerable resources and time to ensure the project is compatible with the environmental values of the areas and the proposal now on display has been refined following extensive discussion and input from the local community, scientific experts and government agencies,” he said.
“This mine allows the national, regional and local benefits of coal mining to be unlocked while ensuring strict environmental management measures are in place to preserve the local environment.”
If approved, it is expected the coal mine will deliver $900M in economic benefits in the local region each year and create more than 900 jobs for Gunnedah and the surrounding area.
“This is an exciting project for the region that will deliver significant jobs and investment over the long term,” Jackson said.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community to ensure the benefits of this project are realised in a balanced and responsible way.”
The EIS will be on public display until April 26.