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Rocky Hill Coal Project - Project Profile
Client: Gloucester Resources Ltd
Industry: Coal Mining
Local Government Area: Gloucester
Gloucester Resources Limited proposes to develop and operate a small scale open cut coal mine between 3.5km and 7km southeast of the Gloucester urban area.
Gloucester Resources Limited has amended the Project as a result of an agreement with Yancoal Australia Limited that will see sized Run-of-Mine (ROM) coal from the Rocky Hill Coal Mine processed at the existing facilities operated at the Stratford Mining Complex and the despatch of high quality coking coal directly from that mine, reducing the local environmental impacts associated with duplicating this process.
The amended Rocky Hill Coal Project has been designed and would be operated to achieve a high standard of environmental performance. Progressive and final rehabilitation is planned in line with best practice and includes a final landform with no retained final void and a return of disturbed lands to agricultural activities and vegetated fauna corridors.The amended Rocky Hill Coal Project would also provide sought-after employment and an economic boost to Gloucester and surrounding areas.
An Environmental Impact Statement and accompanying Specialist Consultant Studies Compendium for the amended Project was placed on public exhibition between 17 August 2017 and 14 October 2017. Following the public exhibition period, the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) provided Gloucester Resources Ltd with 2,519 submissions prepared by government agencies, community groups and individuals. A Response to Submissions document has now been submitted to DPE to continue the assessment process.
The preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement and the Response to Submissions has been a multi-disciplinary process involving technical input from specialist consultancies and also benefited from a broad consultation program involving a range of NSW government agencies, MidCoast Council and the local community. RWC would like to thank all those who contributed to the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement and Response to Submissions.
To view a copy of the Response to Submissions document please visit the Rocky Hill Coal Project page on our website or alternatively the website for the Rocky Hill Coal Project or DPE Major Projects website.
A response to the submissions received regarding the proposed modification to the development consent for the Stratford Coal Mine is also available from the DPE Major Projects website.