Mine expansion threatens endangered sites – Lithgow Environment Group
Seeking to preserve the balance of nature in our region.


Posted: Tuesday 02 March 2021 01:27 pm

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. Centennial Coal has applied to re-open its Angus Place Mine on Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow. 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. Centennial Coal's environmental assessment (EA) states that "subsidence-related impacts are expected at Tri-Star Swamp, Twin Gully Swamp, Trail Six Swamp and the hanging swamps within their catchments". In 2010, the company was ordered to pay $1.5 million because of slumping at East Wolgan swamp. It has also admitted its operations at its Springvale Mine, also near Lithgow, contributed to the drying of Carne West Swamp on Newnes Plateau. Chris Jonkers said he feared the same fate awaited the swamps above Angus Place Mine.