Around 60 new coal mining jobs will be created after Lake Coal received the greenlight to increase production.
It comes as the NSW Department of Planning and Environment approves Lake Coal’s proposal to increase its rate of extraction from 1.5 million tonnes to 2.1 million tonnes per annum at its Mannering Park and Chain Valley coal mines.
It has also sought, and been approved, to increase its workforce from 160 to 220 full time staff.
The mine will also undergo a number of design changes, with issues relating to mine water, local flora and fauna, and subsidence being addressed in its proposal and ultimately approved by the DPE.
“The Department has assessed the modification application in accordance with the relevant requirements of the EP&A Act,” the DPE said.
“The proposed modification would have minimal or negligible environmental impacts beyond those already approved and any potential impacts would be able to be controlled by existing and proposed conditions of consent.”