Centennial Coal has seen its Springvale and Mandalong coal mines win extension approvals.
The Springvale mine has received its Federal Government approvals, following a stop-start approvals process that briefly put the mine’s future in jeopardy.
The announcement is a win for the site, after its previously recommended expansions were ordered back to public hearing by Planning Minister Rob Stokes.
The setback in the approvals process shock the mine, which was forced to stand down 300 workers on forced leave due to the lag in approvals time.
Now, with the latest approvals, workers have already returned to the site.
“It has been eight long weeks since we were forced to stand down the majority of our Springvale workforce,” Centennial Coal’s executive GM external affairs, Katie Brassil, stated.
“We welcome the decision by [environment] minister Greg Hunt to grant Federal approval for our Springvale mine, which is the important final step in the process that allows our people to reutnr to work,” she said.
“The Lithgow community should hold their heads high and be very proud of the professionalism and compassion that has been displayed by our people and the way in which they and the broader community have supported each other through this difficult time”.
“We are very fortunate to live and work in a community that has such strong support for our industry. Lithgow City Council under the stewardship of Mayor Maree Statham and Deputy Mayor Ray Thompson, our local MP’s Paul Toole and John Cobb, have proven to be ferocious local champions throughout this process and we thank them”.
This is not the only positive news for the miner.
Centennial Coal’s Mandalong coal mine extension has also been given the greenlight by the PAC.
The NSW government has approved its $265 million south extension project, according to the ABC.
A Centennial Coal spokesperson told Australian Mining the operation welcomed the win.
“This now secures the future for Mandalong, and secures the future for another generation of mining,” the spokesperson said.