Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

New Invincible open-cut proposal – Lazarus back from the dead

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has renewed calls for the NSW Government to declare Ben Bullen State Forest a conservation area after hearing of plans to expand the Invincible open–cut coal mine located at Cullen Bullen north of Lithgow in the state’s Central West. 

“Plans to expand the Invincible open-cut coal mine were rejected by the Planning Assessment Commission, twice.  The Manildra Group are attempting long odds with its proposal to turn 58 hectares of publicly-owned land in the Gardens of Stone region into a mining moonscape,” said Colong Foundation for Wilderness Director Keith Muir.

“The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) rejected the previous open-cut mine that threatened native forest and its famous stone pagoda landscape because of “unacceptable risks and impacts, and only limited short term benefits”, Mr Muir said.

“Conservationists will fight open-cut proposals in the Gardens of Stone region every step of the way,” said Mr Muir.

“The only way to nail down the lid on the coffin of these low-value, high damage open-cut projects is to reserve the area and make open-cut mining illegal,” he said.

Mr Muir said that “the PAC’s rejection in October 2014 followed a finding by an earlier PAC that the mine would have unacceptable environmental impacts.”

“This new open-cut coal proposal will be located beside the Castlereagh Highway and would ruin the area’s tourist appeal,” he said.

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