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State Significant Development

Determination

Russell Vale Underground Expansion

Wollongong City

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Wollongong Coal Limited is seeking approval to extend mining operations by means of first workings mining techniques and upgrade of associated surface facilities at the Russell Vale Colliery in the Southern Coalfield.

Attachments & Resources

Application (4)

Application Form
Preliminary Environmental Assessment
Political Donations Disclosure Form
Political Donations Disclosure

DGRs (1)

Director-General's Requirements

EA (9)

Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Part A
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Part B
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Part C
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Part D
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Annexures A-I
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Annexure J.pdf
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Annexures K-O
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Annexures P-R
Russell Vale UEP EA 2013 - Annexures S-V

Submissions (3)

Submissions on EA - Batch 1
Submissions on EA - Batch 2
Submissions on PPR and RTS

Agency Submissions (17)

Agency Advice on EA 2013
Agency Advice on PPR-RTS 2013-2015
Agency Advice on RMR 2014
IESC Response - SCT Report.pdf
IESC Submission - Response to Questions.pdf
PPR 2019 - DPIE Water and NRAR.pdf
PPR 2019 - DRG.pdf
PPR 2019 - DSC.pdf
PPR 2019 - EES.pdf
PPR 2019 - EPA.pdf
PPR 2019 - Heritage.pdf
PPR 2019 - Resources Regulator.pdf
PPR 2019 - RFS.pdf
PPR 2019 - RMS.pdf
PPR 2019 - WaterNSW.pdf
PPR 2019 - Wollondilly Shire Council.pdf
PPR 2019 - Wollongong City Council.pdf

Public Hearing (11)

DPE Assessment Report Dec 2014 + Appx F & Ipdf
First PAC Review 2015 - Report Overview.pdf
First PAC Review 2015 - Report.pdf
First PAC Review 2015 - Report Appendices.pdf
First PAC Review 2015 - Response Part 1
First PAC Review 2015 - Response Part 2
First PAC Review 2015 - Response to Public Hearing
DPE Addendum Report Nov 2015 + Appx A, C, I & L
Second PAC Review 2016 - Review Fact Sheet.pdf
Second PAC Review 2016 - Cover Letter
Second PAC Review 2016 - Report

Response to Submissions (3)

Response to Submissions 2013
Preferred Project Report 2013
Residual Matters Report 2014

Amendments (3)

Submissions Report Nov 2019 - Part A
Submissions Report Feb 2020 - Part B
PPR-Second PAC Review July 2019 - Response

Additional Information (10)

Peer Review - June 2013 - Groundwater by Paul Tammetta
Peer Review - Nov 2013 - Groundwater by Paul Tammetta
Peer Review - Dec 2013 - Groundwater by Paul Tammetta
Peer Review - Sep 2014 - Groundwater by Paul Tammetta
Peer Review - June 2013 - Subsidence by Bruce Hebblewhite
Peer Review - Nov 2013 - Subsidence by Bruce Hebblewhite
Peer Review - Dec 2013 - Subsidence by Bruce Hebblewhite
Peer Review - Sep 2014 - Subsidence by Bruce Hebblewhite
Peer Review - June 2013 - Surface Water by Steve Perrens
Peer Review - Jan 2014 - Surface Water by Steve Perrens

Recommendation (11)

Final Assessment Report
Appendix B - Revised PPR & Response to PAC Report
Appendix F1 - Agency Advice on RPPR
Appendix F2 - Agency Advice Submissions Report
Appendix G1 - IESC Advice Nov 2019
Appendix G2 - IESC Advice March 2020
Appendix G3 - WCL Response to IESC
Appendix H1 - Submissions Report Part A
Appendix H2 - Submissions Report Part B
Appendix H3 - WCL Additional Information
Appendix J - Recommended Conditions

Determination (3)

Notice of Determination
201208 Russell Vale UEP - Development Consent
201208 Russell Vale UEP - Statement of Reasons

Approved Documents

Management Plans and Strategies (41)

Stage 1 Extraction Plan Approval
Stage 1 Extraction Plan - Reasons for Approval
Stage 1 Extraction Plan - Main Text
Stage 1 Extraction Plan - Appendix A to E
Stage 1 Extraction plan - Appendix F to I
Heritage Management Plan Approval
Traffic Management Plan Approval
Environmental Management Strategy Approval
Environmental Management Strategy
Traffic Management Plan
Water Management Plan Approval
Heritage Management Plan
Visual Impact Management Plan Approval
Water Management Plan
Visual Impact Management Plan
Biodiversity Management Plan Approval
Biodiversity Management Plan
Noise Management Plan Approval
Noise Management Plan
Construction Environmental Management Plan Approval
Construction Environmental Management Plan
Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan Approval
Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan
Stage 2 Extraction Plan Attachment B
Stage 2 Extraction Plan Approval Letter
Stage 2 Extraction Plan
Stage 2 EP Biodiversity Management Plan
Stage 2 EP Built Features Management Plan
Stage 2 EP Upland Swamp Monitoring Plan
Stage 2 EP Subsidence Monitoring Program
Stage 2 EP Appendix B Consultation
Stage 2 EP Appendix A TARPs
Stage 2 EP Appendix C2 Risk Assessment
Stage 2 EP Appendix C1 Risk Assessment
Stage 2 EP Land Management Plan
Stage 2 EP Groundwater Management Plan
Stage 2 EP Water Management Plan
Stage 2 EP Heritage Management Plan
Stage 2 EP Subsidence Assessment 2
Stage 2 EP Subsidence Assessment 1
Stage 2 EP Public Safety Management Plan

Independent Reviews and Audits (2)

2022 IEA - Response to Findings
PR200_Russel-Vale-UEP_IEA_R0

Other Documents (2)

Approval to vary Annual Review deadline
Request to vary Annual Review deadline

Note: Only documents approved by the Department after November 2019 will be published above. Any documents approved before this time can be viewed on the Applicant's website.

Complaints

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Enforcements

Official Caution issued to Wollongong Coal Limited (MP09_0013) Wollongong LGA

On 14 June 2022, the department issued an Official Caution to Wollongong Coal Limited (Wollongong Coal) for failing to submit the Social Impact Management Plan to the Planning Secretary for approval within 6 months of the date of commencement of the development. Wollongong Coal has advised that the Social Impact Management Plan will be imminently submitted , following consultation with  key stakeholders. The department will continue to monitor compliance with conditions of consent.  

Inspections

22/02/2021

18/11/2021

28/04/2022

21/07/2022

Note: Only enforcements and inspections undertaken by the Department from March 2020 will be shown above.

Submissions

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Toby Thompson
Object
Thirroul , New South Wales
Message
I OBJECT to this expansion.
Maneesha Todd
Object
Cordeaux Heights , New South Wales
Message
I object to this coal mine expansion going ahead. (1) The company, based
on past history, cannot be trusted to adhere to approval conditions;
(2) the NSW Government (Planning and EPA sections) do not enforce
approval conditions - which effectively makes any approval conditions
intended to protect people and the environment, completely
meaningless. (3) We need to get out of coal mining and into
alternative energy sources NOW to limit the extent of climate damage.
(4) The company will say that we need COKING type coal for making
steel and that it provides coking coal, not just thermal coal. But
there are already alternative ways to make steel (without coking coal)
but these are not being allowed to progress because of the power of
fossil fuel industry. Even Judge Brain Preston accepted this position
in his summing up against Rocky Hill Coal Mine in Gloucester last
year. And also very importantly (5) underground coal mining like this
should not be allowed in the water catchment, let alone in special
areas of the water catchment. WCL operations have already led to
massive water losses (equivalent to water demand for several suburbs
of Wollongong) and Greater Sydney cannot afford more water losses. Not
to mention water pollution effects caused by coal mining. Why should
residents and businesses pay to support the water wastefulness and
water catchment damage caused by coal mining companies? There are
multitudinous reasons for this mine expansion NOT to go ahead, and
very few, poor reasons for it to be approved. Please do the
responsible thing and stop this project.
Simon Green
Object
Keiraville , New South Wales
Message
I object to Wollongong Coal mining near the water catchment. No mining
company should be allowed to do this and it beggars belief that the
NSW government would encourage a company to continue to threaten our
water supply when that supply is already seriously threatened by the
changing climate and other mining in the area. NO. NO. NO to a
continuation of mining in our most important water catchment. That the
company is a bad and foreign-owned corporate 'citizen' just makes this
whole scenario a shocking farce and, once again, points to a
government who is not governing in the interests of the environment
AND all of us who depend upon it.
Micaela O'Reilly
Object
Russell Vale , New South Wales
Message
I object to the Wollongong Coal's Revised Preferred Project Report (PPR)
to the Russell Vale Underground Expansion Project 09-0013. I object as
a local resident who will be directly impacted by the mine and as a
person deeply concerned about the environment.

Some of the reasons for my objection are listed below.

1. Climate change and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
Coal mining, whether for energy or steelmaking, produces the GHG
Emissions that are causing dangerous climate change. This project is
estimated to result in 11,624,000 tonnes of GHG emissions through the
mining and the burning of the coal.

2.A risk to Greater Sydney Water Catchment
The mining will take place in the Special Areas of the Greater Sydney
Water Catchment - areas that forbid public access because of their
sensitivity and strategic importance - and up to the shores of the
Cataract Reservoir.
Not only will the mining infrastructure, such as access roads and vent
shafts, disturb and damage the catchment, the proposal for Bord and
Pillar mining will result in up to 100 mm in subsidence.
The extraction for the Wonga Central Development Mains extends under
the Cataract Reservoir itself. Cataract is severely affected by
drought and is currently at only 29% of capacity. Mining should not be
permitted anywhere near Great Sydney water supply reservoirs.

3. Triple seam mining
The mining is particularly risky because a third seam of coal is being
mined beneath two previously mined seams. Triple seam mining has
little precedent and impacts are difficult to predict.
The proponent admits that instability in the overlaying old Bulli seam
workings may cause pillar collapse and subsequent subsidence of 1 to 2
metres. It is unacceptable of the NSW government to allow such risky
mining in the water catchment for 5 million people of Greater Sydney
in a time of drought.

4. The proponent is not fit and proper to hold a mining licence
Wollongong Coal and its parent company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, are
currently the subject of an investigation by the NSW government's
Resources Regulator into whether or not they are a `fit and proper'
entity to hold a mining license. The company has a history of failing
to comply with conditions of approval. Even its auditors have
questioned its capacity to continue as a going concern; its current
liabilities exceed its current assets by nearly A$1 billion.
Wollongong Coal is not a `fit and proper' entity to operate a coal
mine in the water catchment of Australia's largest city.

5. Impacts on local community
The colliery site at Russell Vale is closer to dense residential areas
than any mine in Australia. Residential communities have suffered the
impacts from this mine over many years, including noise and
particulate pollution. In this day and age, Russell Vale is not a
suitable location for a colliery. Wollongong Coal plans to build a
coal processing plant at the Russell Vale Colliery and process coal on
site. The Russell Vale mine is the closest mine to any built up
residential area in Australia and is not a suitable area for coal
processing. Moreover, the proponent has been unable or unwilling to
comply with many conditions of past approvals and the NSW government
has proven to be unable or unwilling to enforce compliance. Residents
have no confidence in "conditions" or "commitments" to operate the
processing plant according to suitable standards.

6. The proponent has a history of non-compliance with approval
conditions
Previous applications and approvals promised numerous items to protect
the community and environment that have never been met by the
proponent. These include but are not limited to: truck loading
facilities, sound walls, covered conveyors, limited stockpiles, sealed
roadways and realignment of Bellambi Creek. Now in this new revised
project, Wollongong Coal is promising the same or similar things.
Wollongong Coal is currently operating right at this moment under
three non-compliances: the realignment of Bellambi Creek to protect it
from pollution and flooding (due Oct 2012); the removal of 200,000
tonnes of oversize coal that was illegally stockpiled on the adjoining
slag heap (due July 2019); and, the dedication of land to Council in a
1989 approval from Wollongong City Council (due 1990). All of these
obligations still have not been met.
A proponent with such a poor record of compliance should not be
considered for, let alone granted, approval to mine. The NSW
Department of Planning's inability or unwillingness to enforce
compliance (with the conditions that it itself has stipulated)
undermines confidence in the planning system.

We ask that you reject this application from Wollongong Coal and
commence a process to close the mine at Russell Vale permanently.

Thank you for considering this submission.

Yours sincerely,
Micaela O'Reilly
Daniel O'Reilly
Object
Russell Vale , New South Wales
Message
I object to the Wollongong Coal's Revised Preferred Project Report (PPR)
to the Russell Vale Underground Expansion Project 09-0013. I object as
a local resident who will be directly impacted by the mine and as a
person deeply concerned about the environment.

Some of the reasons for my objection are listed below.

1. Climate change and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
Coal mining, whether for energy or steelmaking, produces the GHG
Emissions that are causing dangerous climate change. This project is
estimated to result in 11,624,000 tonnes of GHG emissions through the
mining and the burning of the coal.

2.A risk to Greater Sydney Water Catchment
The mining will take place in the Special Areas of the Greater Sydney
Water Catchment - areas that forbid public access because of their
sensitivity and strategic importance - and up to the shores of the
Cataract Reservoir.
Not only will the mining infrastructure, such as access roads and vent
shafts, disturb and damage the catchment, the proposal for Bord and
Pillar mining will result in up to 100 mm in subsidence.
The extraction for the Wonga Central Development Mains extends under
the Cataract Reservoir itself. Cataract is severely affected by
drought and is currently at only 29% of capacity. Mining should not be
permitted anywhere near Great Sydney water supply reservoirs.

3. Triple seam mining
The mining is particularly risky because a third seam of coal is being
mined beneath two previously mined seams. Triple seam mining has
little precedent and impacts are difficult to predict.
The proponent admits that instability in the overlaying old Bulli seam
workings may cause pillar collapse and subsequent subsidence of 1 to 2
metres. It is unacceptable of the NSW government to allow such risky
mining in the water catchment for 5 million people of Greater Sydney
in a time of drought.

4. The proponent is not fit and proper to hold a mining licence
Wollongong Coal and its parent company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, are
currently the subject of an investigation by the NSW government's
Resources Regulator into whether or not they are a `fit and proper'
entity to hold a mining license. The company has a history of failing
to comply with conditions of approval. Even its auditors have
questioned its capacity to continue as a going concern; its current
liabilities exceed its current assets by nearly A$1 billion.
Wollongong Coal is not a `fit and proper' entity to operate a coal
mine in the water catchment of Australia's largest city.

5. Impacts on local community
The colliery site at Russell Vale is closer to dense residential areas
than any mine in Australia. Residential communities have suffered the
impacts from this mine over many years, including noise and
particulate pollution. In this day and age, Russell Vale is not a
suitable location for a colliery. Wollongong Coal plans to build a
coal processing plant at the Russell Vale Colliery and process coal on
site. The Russell Vale mine is the closest mine to any built up
residential area in Australia and is not a suitable area for coal
processing. Moreover, the proponent has been unable or unwilling to
comply with many conditions of past approvals and the NSW government
has proven to be unable or unwilling to enforce compliance. Residents
have no confidence in "conditions" or "commitments" to operate the
processing plant according to suitable standards.

6. The proponent has a history of non-compliance with approval
conditions
Previous applications and approvals promised numerous items to protect
the community and environment that have never been met by the
proponent. These include but are not limited to: truck loading
facilities, sound walls, covered conveyors, limited stockpiles, sealed
roadways and realignment of Bellambi Creek. Now in this new revised
project, Wollongong Coal is promising the same or similar things.
Wollongong Coal is currently operating right at this moment under
three non-compliances: the realignment of Bellambi Creek to protect it
from pollution and flooding (due Oct 2012); the removal of 200,000
tonnes of oversize coal that was illegally stockpiled on the adjoining
slag heap (due July 2019); and, the dedication of land to Council in a
1989 approval from Wollongong City Council (due 1990). All of these
obligations still have not been met.
A proponent with such a poor record of compliance should not be
considered for, let alone granted, approval to mine. The NSW
Department of Planning's inability or unwillingness to enforce
compliance (with the conditions that it itself has stipulated)
undermines confidence in the planning system.

We ask that you reject this application from Wollongong Coal and
commence a process to close the mine at Russell Vale permanently.

Thank you for considering this submission.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel O'Reilly
Ikey Doosey-Shaw
Object
Bulli , New South Wales
Message
I OBJECT to this proposal for many reasons. (1) The company, based on
past history, cannot be trusted to adhere to approval conditions; (2)
the NSW govt (Planning and EPA sections) does not enforce approval
conditions - which effectively makes any approval conditions intended
to protect people and the environment, completely meaningless. (3) We
need to get out of coal mining and into alternative energy sources NOW
to limit the extent of climate damage. (4) The company will say that
we need COKING type coal for making steel and that it provides coking
coal, not just thermal coal. But there are already alternative ways to
make steel (without coking coal) but these are not being allowed to
progress because of the power of fossil fuel industry. (5) underground
coal mining like this should not be allowed in the water catchment,
let alone in special areas of the water catchment WCL operations have
already led to massive water losses (equivalent to water demand for
several suburbs of Wollongong) and Greater Sydney cannot afford more
water losses.
Laura Charlton
Object
Wollongong , New South Wales
Message
I OBJECT. This is a dangerous plan that I, as a citizen of Wollongong,
wholeheartedly reject and morally cannot support.
Dylan Green
Object
Keiraville , New South Wales
Message
I OBJECT to the proposed expansion of Russell Vale Colliery.

I object on three grounds:
1. The expansion of the mine will no doubt damage Sydney's water
catchment that is immediately above the mine site. This has happened
after previous long wall expansions under the catchment. Subsidence of
the land above the mines causes the bedrock under the catchment to
crack, meaning it no longer collects water. The attempts of coal
companies to plug up cracks with polyurethane foam is both laughable
and disgusting. Sydney is already in a state of drought - this is no
time for losing more water.
2. The mine expansion will contribute to further pollution of the
water and environment. Any water that remains in the catchment will be
polluted, and residents of Sydney and Wollongong will have to drink
it. Wollongong Coal Ltd. has also kept a giant slagheap of substandard
coal on their grounds, very close to residents. This provides coal
dust to the local community on windy days and turns creeks black. It
is one thing to send employees into hazardous conditions, quite
another to impose on the community an increased risk of respiratory
problems. Wollongong Coal has not been a good corporate citizen, and I
do not believe it ever will be, regardless of what conditions it may
be subject to. Please also look at the company's track record of
adhering to conditions - I doubt you will be impressed.
3. The contribution of this expansion project to climate change. The
producers of coal must be held responsible for the greenhouse gases
that their product produces. Climate change will affect me in my
lifetime (I am 21 years old), as it is already affecting those in
regional NSW, the Pacific Islands and throughout the tropics of the
world. By approving this expansion, not only will you be hurting the
local community, you will affect the entire world. We must all take a
stand against climate change, I know which side of history I want to
be on.
Declan Moylan
Object
Keiraville , New South Wales
Message
I object to this application as triple seam coal mining in this area
endangers the water security of 5 million Australians in a time of
severe drought, an occurrence that will increase in the future. This
project will not only harm the water security of the Australian
people, it endangers our ecological resources that exist in this
catchment area. Furthermore, the Revised Project Report intends for
one third of the coal product to be thermal coal. The burning of
thermal coal for power production desperately needs to be replaced
with more sustainable alternatives to reduce Australia's contribution
to human induced climate change, which has and will increase drought
and wildfire severity across Australia and devastate our natural
world. As a proud yet concerned resident of the Illawarra, I implore
you to deny this dangerous application.
Maria Schettino
Object
Warrawong , New South Wales
Message
Approval of the expansion and reopening of the Russel Vale mine by an
organisation with a history of non-compliance with approval conditions
is a completely irresponsible and negligent act. The negative effects
of the mine on the water catchment and impacts on ground and surface
water, the noise and air pollution, the destabilising of overlying
mines and so on are well documented. Any approval of the mine owned
and operated by a negligent and corrupt group is an act of negligence
and wilful ignorance.
NCH Australia Pty Ltd
Support
New South Wales , New South Wales
Message
The Approval of the Mine Site will add to the local economy , local
business that thrive on businesses in wollongong and surely the
employees and community that thrive on the efficient delivery of
productivity. This has been a tough journey for the company but their
persistence only proves long term commitment to the Local and
Australian Economy.


Have no hesitation in asking the peers of mining to consider this
approval favourably in the interest of all Stake Holders.

Kind Regards

Vijay Eyunni
0417016436
Ravinder Saini
Support
Corrimal , New South Wales
Message
I support the Project as extending the life of the Russell Vale Colliery
which would
benefit the community and local businesses whilst sustaining a number
of employment opportunities.
Name Withheld
Object
Bulli , New South Wales
Message
Please do not implement this mine expansion.
It is an absolutely detrimental move in light of our current climate
change disaster. Water is so precious to human survival. Please do not
sell off our children's future for this.


* This firm have owed Wollongong Council (rate payers) $400'000 for
many years.
* They have paid no company income tax for many many years.
* Fair trading ruled against them for underpaying workers.
* ASIC has asked them prove economic viability. They are currently
still under three major non-compliances and suspended on the ASX
(WLC).
* Total CO2e emissions for the project, from mining up to and
including usage are approx. 11,147,000 tonnes co2. Equivalent to the
annual emissions of more than half a million Australians.
* Truck movements to the port and back using, Bellambi Lane are
estimated to be 32 per hour, or one truck every 112 seconds Mon->Sat.
Does not count trucks transporting waste.
* Water loss from our catchment is expected to blow out to 444 mega
litres a year from this coal mine. Currently the Sydney desalination
plant costs us $90/y per Illawarra household water bill.
* Mines leach higher than safe concentrations of toxins into ground
water for hundreds of years after they close and flood. This plan
requires them to maintain water quality measures for just 10 years!

Please do the right thing for our children and their future. It is
absolute madness to expand this mine and impact our water supply. Even
if you don't care about our children or our planet - why would you
offer an expansion deal to such poorly managed organisation. They are
clearly incompetent.
There are no positives in proceeding with this deal.
Honestly - for the sake of a few people getting a few extra thousand
or million dollars out of this...what are you/they going to spend
their money on when there is no food or water and our civilisation is
in decline. I urge you to make the right choice.
Andrew Brook
Support
Tomago , New South Wales
Message
More jobs and security for the Wollongong area
HDSecurity
Support
NSW, Australia 2526 , New South Wales
Message
To whom it may concern,
I support the project as it will provide an estimated net benefit to
NSW of 174.3 million and an estimated net benefit of up to $14.2
million to the local Illawarra region.
Kylie Booth
Support
Cringilla , New South Wales
Message
I believe this expansion will benefit local business and our community
Mike Donaldsom
Object
NSw , New South Wales
Message
Wollongong Coal's Revised Preferred Project Report to the Russell Vale
Underground Expansion Project:

I object to the Wollongong Coal's Revised Preferred Project Report
(PPR) to the Russell Vale Underground Expansion Project 09-0013.

Some of the reasons for my objection are listed below.

Climate change and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Coal mining, whether for energy or steelmaking, produces the GHG
Emissions that are causing dangerous climate change. This project is
estimated to result in 11,624,000 tonnes of GHG emissions through the
mining and the burning of the coal.
A risk to Greater Sydney Water Catchment

The mining will take place in the Special Areas of the Greater Sydney
Water Catchment - areas that forbid public access because of their
sensitivity and strategic importance - and up to the shores of the
Cataract Reservoir.
Not only will the mining infrastructure, such as access roads and vent
shafts, disturb and damage the catchment, the proposal for Bord and
Pillar mining will result in up to 100 mm in subsidence.
The extraction for the Wonga Central Development Mains extends under
the Cataract Reservoir itself. Cataract is severely affected by
drought and is currently at only 29% of capacity. Mining should not be
permitted anywhere near Great Sydney water supply reservoirs.
Triple seam mining

The mining is particularly risky because a third seam of coal is being
mined beneath two previously mined seams. Triple seam mining has
little precedent and impacts are difficult to predict.
The proponent admits that instability in the overlaying old Bulli seam
workings may cause pillar collapse and subsequent subsidence of 1 to 2
metres. It is unacceptable of the NSW government to allow such risky
mining in the water catchment for 5 million people of Greater Sydney
in a time of drought.
The proponent is not fit and proper to hold a mining licence

Wollongong Coal and its parent company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, are
currently the subject of an investigation by the NSW government's
Resources Regulator into whether or not they are a `fit and proper'
entity to hold a mining license. The company has a history of failing
to comply with conditions of approval. Even its auditors have
questioned its capacity to continue as a going concern; its current
liabilities exceed its current assets by nearly A$1 billion.
Wollongong Coal is not a `fit and proper' entity to operate a coal
mine in the water catchment of Australia's largest city.
Impacts on local community

The colliery site at Russell Vale is closer to dense residential areas
than any mine in Australia. Residential communities have suffered the
impacts from this mine over many years, including noise and
particulate pollution. In this day and age, Russell Vale is not a
suitable location for a colliery.
Wollongong Coal plans to build a coal processing plant at the Russell
Vale Colliery and process coal on site. The Russell Vale mine is the
closest mine to any built up residential area in Australia and is not
a suitable area for coal processing. Moreover, the proponent has been
unable or unwilling to comply with many conditions of past approvals
and the NSW government has proven to be unable or unwilling to enforce
compliance. Residents have no confidence in "conditions" or
"commitments" to operate the processing plant according to suitable
standards.
The proponent has a history of non-compliance with approval conditions

Previous applications and approvals promised numerous items to protect
the community and environment that have never been met by the
proponent. These include but are not limited to: truck loading
facilities, sound walls, covered conveyors, limited stockpiles, sealed
roadways and realignment of Bellambi Creek. Now in this new revised
project, Wollongong Coal is promising the same or similar things.
Wollongong Coal is currently operating right at this moment under
three non-compliances: the realignment of Bellambi Creek to protect it
from pollution and flooding (due Oct 2012); the removal of 200,000
tonnes of oversize coal that was illegally stockpiled on the adjoining
slag heap (due July 2019); and, the dedication of land to Council in a
1989 approval from Wollongong City Council (due 1990). All of these
obligations still have not been met.
A proponent with such a poor record of compliance should not be
considered for, let alone granted, approval to mine. The NSW
Department of Planning's inability or unwillingness to enforce
compliance (with the conditions that it itself has stipulated)
undermines confidence in the planning system.
We ask that you reject this application from Wollongong Coal and
commence a process to close the mine at Russell Vale permanently.

Thank you for considering this submission.

Yours sincerely,
Mike Donaldson
Diane Gibson
Support
Berkeley , New South Wales
Message
I support extending the life of mine for Russell Vale Colliery because it
will secure employment for the proposed workforce of 205 employees and
will provide an additional 22 jobs during the construction phase of
the project.
Craig Clarke
Support
Wollongong , New South Wales
Message
I support the project as Wollongong Coal has been innovative to redesign
the mining method to limit environmental issues on the water
catchment. This will also create a large number of employment
opportunities in the Wollongong area and Government royalties to
prevent increased tax rates.
Peter Buffington
Object
Bellambi , New South Wales
Message
Ridiculous and absurd plan. It's 2019! I live in Bellambi as a homeowner
and strongly oppose this. It's a complete disruption to local culture,
progress and lifestyle.

This plan is also DIRECTLY in opposition of a recent climate emergency
declared by the council this project would fall within!!!

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Project Details

Application Number
MP09_0013
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Coal Mining
Local Government Areas
Wollongong City
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
Decider
IPC-N

Contact Planner

Name
Genevieve Lucas