Posted: Friday 12 March 2021 09:22 pm
Centennial Coal mine expansion threatens endangered sites hit by Black Summer mega blaze
There are fears threatened habitat and species which survived the Black Summer bushfires in the New South Wales Blue Mountains could be lost if a coal mine is allowed to expand.
The company wants to carry out longwall mining underneath a number of swamps listed as endangered ecological communities.
Lithgow residents Chris Jonkers and his wife Julie Favell are avid bushwalkers on Newnes Plateau and have watched the landscape change.
They are worried about how wildlife will be impacted if the area is damaged.
"This is the kitchen, if you like. All nature comes to these tiny spots for food and water," Mr Jonkers said.