Singleton Council has unanimously rejected Coal & Allied’s proposal to close a road to extend its operations.
The bid to close Wallaby Scrub Road would have seen the miner extend the Mount Thorley Warkworth coal mine, and offer up to half a million dollars annually for the additional mine life it would provide, as part of Coal & Allied’s proposed voluntary planning agreement with the Singleton Council, the Newcastle Herald reports.
The council chamber was full of residents opposed to the miner’s move, due to its apparent damage to the Warkowrth woods as well as Aboriginal sites.
Councillors Alison Howlett and Lyn MacBain both opposed the application.
Howlett called on the council to oppose the government and remain steadfast in refusing the miner’s voluntary planning agreement.
MacBain added that too many villages have fallen to coal mining.
“It is time we said no.”
While consent for the actual coal mine extension lies with the Planning Assessment Commission, the road itself comes under the council’s authority.
Image: Mt Thorley coal mine