Workforce stood down at Lithgow coal mine

Close to 300 workers have been stood down at Centennial Coal’s Springvale colliery as the operation seeks final approvals.

“We’re currently seeking to secure final state and federal approvals for the mine,” a Centennial Coal spokesperson told Australian Mining.

“This is a process this has been underway since September 2012.

“We’re in the final stages but we still have not secured the approvals to continue work, so we’ve had no other option but to stand down the workforce.”

It is understood there are more than 300 workers at eh operation, and that the majority of them have been stood down, with Centennial explaining that there have been no workers let go, instead they are on forced leave until approvals can be secured.

Lithgow’s deputy  mayor Ray Thompsonsaid the local community is on tenterhooks as they wait for a response, describing the approvals as extremely important for the region.

"We as a mining community cannot understand why these sort of things would be happening, you know and we can't understand why the government's dilly dallying around and not fixing this sort of a thing up," Thompson told the ABC.

"We will be doing everything in our power to bring this to a head.”

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