The New South Wales Government plans to allow Centennial Coal to continue operations at its Springvale mining operation, overriding a Land and Environment Court decision and securing over 600 jobs in the Lithgow region in the process.
The operation faced environmental concerns regarding water quality legislation in the Sydney Catchment, and faced the prospect of closure, potentially costing jobs and revenue.
The mine is a supplier for the Mount Piper Power Station and provides 40 per cent of NSW’s coal – thousands of workers across the state are reliant on electricity from the station.
“Springvale is the sole provider of coal to the Mount Piper power station which provides around 11 percent of our state’s electricity, however, a flaw in the planning system allowed an activist group to mount a legal challenge that threatened the mine’s continued operation,” said NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee.
“The NSW Government has made a responsible decision to introduce legislation that will maintain water quality in the Sydney Catchment, and at the same time allow the Springvale mine to keep Mount Piper supplied with coal.
“We urge the Parliament to support the NSW Government’s actions to protect jobs and and keep the lights on in NSW.”