Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Colong Foundation welcomes Minister Stokes decision to hold another review PAC on Springvale mine

Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness this afternoon welcomed the decision by Planning Minister Rob Stokes to recommend a further Planning Assessment Commission review for the Springvale mine extension proposal.

“The Springvale mine extension does need to be considered in relation to the draft State Environmental Planning Policy on Mining,” Mr Muir said.

“The Colong Foundation believes that Minister Stokes decision to call for another public review report and hearing is a clear indication that the environmental outcomes for this proposal must be significantly improved from where they now stand”, said Mr Muir.

“The discharges of toxic mine effluent must be further cleaned up and all the 29 upland swamps on Newnes Plateau protected.  The slash and burn approach of Centennial Coal, the serial polluter and swamp wrecker, is not good enough,” he said.

“The Colong Foundation caught Centennial Coal out as its proposed duplication of effluent infrastructure is now seen by the Department of Planning and Environment as unnecessary.  We welcome the Department of Environment and Planning’s recommendation that this pipeline aspect of the proposal be omitted from the proposal”, Mr Muir said. 

“The proposed Springvale mine extension is a major environmental problem, and merits the further attention of a review hearing by the Planning Assessment Commission.  We hope that the Minister’s recommendation of another public hearing to examine the proposal against the draft mining policy will assist in progressing the protection of the Coxs River and nationally endangered upland swamps”, said Mr Muir.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)

Department of Environment and Planning, August 2015, Addendum Report State Significant Development Springvale Mine Extension (SSD 5594) page28 recommendation, and section 4.0 page 26 Minister’s request for a further review 13 August, 2015.