29 February, 2016


Airly Coal Mine

Airly Mine Modification 5

Modification to extend the Airly mine development consent by a further six months (see attached EA)

Other assessments against this site:
Attachments & Resources
Environmental Assessment(1)

   click here to view on Planning site, the environmental document (EA) is a pdf available on this page.

19 February, 2016

Rehabilitation plans for Charbon Mine

The Hon Anthony Roberts MP
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy

Ms Donna Upton
Capertee Valley Alliance
PO Box 83

Dear Ms Uoton
Thank you for your correspondence of 1 November 2015 concerning the rehabilitation of
the Centennial Coal Charbon (Charbon) mine site.

The NSW Department of Industry, Skills & Regional Development, Division of Resources & Energy (DRE) regulates mining operations with respect to the closure and rehabilitation requirements of mining sites.

Open-cut mining at the Charbon mine ceased on 15 August 2015, while underground mining ceased on 7 March 2014. Centennial Coal is currently drafting a Mine Closure Plan for the entire area of the mine. The Mine Closure Plan will be assessed and, if satisfactory, approved by DRE. The Mine Closure Plan must address the obligations and rehabilitation standards as approved in the mine's development consent.

Centennial Coal has advised DRE of its intention to apply for a new development consent for the entire mine site that will cover all the rehabilitation commitments contained within the future Mine Closure Plan, and any other mining activity that may be envisaged. A new Environmental lmpact Statement (ElS) is being prepared by the company in support of that application. The company envisages the EIS will go on exhibition in 20'16 and, assuming it is approved, will facilitate the development of the detailed mine closure olan. DRE has been advised that Centennial Coal has a substantial seed bank housed at the Charbon mine. This seed bank is being replenished by ongoing seed collection programs initiated by the company and DRE is not aware of any material deficiency or inability on the part of Centennral Coal to eventually undertake an effective revegetation programme using this seed bank at the Charbon mine.

The Charbon mine has operated under several mining leases issued under the NSW
Mining Act 1992. Each of these leases require that mining disturbances be rehabilitated to DRE's satisfaction. The obligations remain in force until DRE is satisfied that all rehabilitation is complete and the site is safe and stable, fit for the intended future land use purposes approved in the development consent.

Standard mining lease conditions relating to rehabilitation include:

. Mining Operations Plan - mining operations (including rehabilitation) must not be carried out otherwise than in accordance with a Mining Operations Plan (MOP), which has been approved by the Director Genera.

. Rehabilitation - any disturbance as a result of activities under this lease must be 
rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the Director General.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that the people of this state do not incur a financial liability as a result of coal, mineral and petroleum exploration and production activities. Therefore, all titleholders engaged in these activities are required to lodge a security deposit. The security deposit must cover the NSW Government's full costs in undertaking rehabilitation in the event of default by the titleholder. The security deposit held by DRE for the Charbon mine is $5,312,000.

I am advised that DRE will review the adequacy of the deposit over the coming months as a matter of routine. The security deposit will not be returned to Centennial Coal until DRE is satisfied the rehabilitation work attains the required standards. Although Charbon has prepared a MOP, it cannot lawfully be approved until several matters relating to the Planning Consent are resolved.

DRE is aware of the equipment auction held recently on the Charbon mine site. This was equipment sold on behalf of the mining contractor engaged by the Charbon mine. The sale does not alter Centennial Coal's responsibility to rehabilitate the site.

There have been several open areas rehabilitated at the Charbon mine over the past ten years which has achieved acceptable results. More recent intensive mining activity in the southern open-cut has prevented the company undertaking broad scale rehabilitation in that area until the cessation of mining. Since mining has ceased, Centennial Coal has been directed to undertake targeted rehabilitation in areas not affected by the aforementioned matters relating to the Planning Consent.

lf you have any further enquiries, please contact Mr Michael McFadyen, Asststant
Director. Environmental Operations at DRE, on (02) 4931 6602.

Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.
Anthony Roberts MP

Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy

Capertee Valley Alliance Inc. Special General Meeting

Capertee Valley Alliance Inc.

Special General Meeting
Sunday 21st February 2016
Glen Alice Hall.

Members are welcome to bring along residents who would like to become a member and participate in community interests.
Remember, without community there is no democracy.
Issued by ;
CVA Inc.
6379 7767

Tea and coffee provided.

Protect Coxs River from Centennials Springvale Coal Mine, Lidsdale

Regional_banner.pngDear Mary,
We are in Court right now trying to make a difference for your environment, but we really need your help.
Late in 2015, a new 13 year extension to Centennial Coal’s Springvale underground coal mine was approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. Every day, this mine will discharge up to 19 million litres of mine water into the beautiful Cox’s River. This river runs through the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and flows into Lake Burragorang – Sydney’s major source of drinking water.
On behalf of our client, 4nature, we have launched a landmark legal challengein the Court to hold this mine to account.
19 million litres of mine water a day is 7 billion litres a year – that’s over 2,700 Olympic size swimming pools released into our river system every year.While it is hard to fathom how this could have been approved – it has, and 4nature has turned to us for help.

As public interest environmental lawyers we say the approval for this mine is wrong.

The State’s laws require decision-makers to refuse developments in Sydney’s drinking water catchment unless they are going to have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality.
For the first time in legal history we are asking the Court to decide what these laws really mean for the protection of Sydney's drinking water catchment.
“The law requiring a 'neutral or beneficial effect' on water quality cannot possibly allow a mine to discharge so much polluted water into our drinking water catchments. The water is extremely saline, high in nutrients and contains heavy metals. This is harmful to aquatic life and degrades Sydney's drinking water. Without EDO NSW we simply wouldn't have been able to get this matter before the Court,” 4nature president Andrew Cox.
We are your public interest environmental lawyers. We've been working with you on important issues for 30 years. As the new CEO of EDO NSW I’m excited to be leading us into our next decade as we continue to defend the environment and advance the law.
This case is just one of the many things we are doing right now to protect the environment through law. Mary, we really need your help so we can continue to run cases like these and deliver the best possible public interest legal service to the community. Please make a donation today. 
Thank you.
Sue Higginson
CEO/Principal Solicitor
P.S. Time and time again EDO NSW is the only option for community groups concerned about important matters of environmental law. It’s essential that we have the resources to help groups like 4nature stand up for the environment. Please stand with us.

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Water testing in the Capertee Valley for residents.

Capertee Valley Landcare invites residents to test their water.

We’ll be at the Glen Alice Hall next Friday 26 Feb at 3pm until 4.30pm with our water testing kit.
You’re welcome to bring along a sample:
We can test for:
Electrical Conductivity (EC) – salinity

We’ll want to know the type of water source (dam, bore, creek etc) and its location.

Bring about 500ml in a clean container, rinse it out with the water that you’re testing three times.
If you’re collecting from a stream, try to take it from the centre of the running water and submerged about 20ml.
We’d like to gradually construct a picture of water quality throughout the valley. If you want to help achieve this, then take some samples from streams and bring them along.

Julie Gibson and Vicki Powys

Julie Gibson
Capertee Valley Landcare
02 6379 7317
Mobile: 0412 699 674


Capertee Valley Landcare Inc

10 February, 2016

Letter from Lock the Gate

Lock the Gate Alliance

Dear ,
We've hope that you had a wonderful, refreshing Christmas break. It seems that things are already heating up this year.

AGL just announced yesterday that they are going to drop their plans for a gasfield at Gloucester, cease CSG production at their Camden Gas Project in 2023, and sell off their Qld assets!

That’s some kind of trifecta!

The brave, determined people of Gloucester and Camden have prevailed.  We can’t give them enough credit for the fact that they never gave up and never backed down.

Huge congratulations and respect to all the extraordinary people and community groups who worked so hard to achieve this outcome.

Casting our minds back to 2015, we’ve put together a snappy little video to pay tribute to the brilliant successes from the year that was. We hope you will watch and enjoy! - click here

It’s a testament to you, and to everything you’ve done to deliver these types of outcomes.

And there’s lots more coming up.  Some of the big priorities coming up next for our movement are:

The imminent decision by the Victorian Government on the future of unconventional gas

The Northern Territory election due in June this year, where fracking is a major issue

The legal challenge against the infamous Acland Stage 3 coal mine in Qld which starts in March, and support for families being forced to live in gasfields

Putting the pressure on Santos to withdraw its plans for 850 gas wells near Narrabri, and support for Hunter communities facing harmful coal mine expansions

So, there’s plenty to get on with and plenty of fun to be had.

In particular, we’ve listed a few upcoming community events below that you might want to get to if you can.  Enjoy!

Looking forward to a tremendous year!

Thanks for standing with us,

Phil Laird

Ps If you would like to help support the continued successes of this amazing movement, please consider becoming a regular donor to Lock the Gate – join us as a Gate Keeper!

Upcoming Community Events

Berrima and Medway Coal Free Declaration, Berrima, 6th February

Gardens of Stone Alliance BBQ and Camp, Mt Wilson, 6th & 7th February

RALLY: Ban Onshore Gas + Grow Renewables, Melbourne, Tuesday 9th February

For the Love of Gloucester Festival, Gloucester, 12th-14th February

Pilliga Information Camp Convergence, near Coonabarabran, 19th-21st February

What’s Happening in the Hunter, Muswellbrook Door-knocking, 5th-7th March

Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, 12th and 13th March

Lock the Gate Alliance
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02 February, 2016

New Book, Invitation to launch

Finding History on the Streets of Kandos

Book Launch Celebration 
… and a Toast to Kandos!

You are warmly invited to join us 
at the Kandos Museum 
Saturday 13 February 2016 at 3pm 
for bubbly and nibbles 
speeches and chit-chat

Uncover the mystery behind the 
history of the streets of Kandos

Books for sale: $25

Author, Colleen O’Sullivan, will be available to sign copies

Take the opportunity to visit our
revamped local museum (entry $5):
22 Buchanan Street, Kandos

Visitors to Lithgow Region

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:01 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow City Council confirms that Greater Lithgow Tourism and Membership is actually decreasing?

Lithgow City Council confirms that Greater Lithgow Tourism and Membership is actually decreasing?

No matter how much recent media spin our Mayor Maree Statham put’s on it, there is substantial disquiet and financial concern from many local tourism and business operators over the continuing decline in visitors numbers across the Greater Lithgow region.

Tourism operator’s report that the decline of visitors to the area all went shaped three years ago when Lithgow Tourism put out their own appalling ‘A break in Lithgow will bring you together’ television commercial.

Additionally, despite Tourism operators raising serious concerns about Lithgow City Council spending a major part of their $850,000 Tourism funding budget to win awards within the BMLOT group in the Blue Mountains, the BMLOT finally closed it’s doors late last year owing debts.

The latest and attached Lithgow City Council Annual Report for 2014/2015 is now confirming that: -

  There was a decrease in the number of visitors to the Lithgow City Council’s Visitor Information Centre in Lithgow compared to the previous 2013/2014 year.

  The Membership of the Lithgow City Council’s Visitor Information Centre fell from 71 members to 57 members, a decrease of 20% compared to the previous 2013/2014 year.

  The total value of Accommodation Bookings made at the Lithgow City Council’s Visitor Information Centre decreased by more than 50% compared to the previous 2013/2014 year.

  The total value of Souvenir SALES was just under $65,000 for the whole financial year - with strangely, NO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF THE ACTUAL TOTAL PROFIT TO LITHGOW RATEPAYERS?

  The total value of Tour Bookings was just $121.60; the Commission on Accommodation Bookings was just $319.50 and the Commission on Tour Bookings was just $18.24. 

Many Lithgow Main Street Business Operators are still bottling up much disquiet and mistrust with the Mayor, Maree Statham and her Lithgow City Council, after they incurred financial losses following the misleading and grossly over inflated visitor numbers that never eventuated at last year’s $100,000 plus Council Halloween 2015 Event?


Lithgow City Council, Manager's salary


Page 17 15-340 RESOLVED THAT Council:

1. Note the General Manager’s performance for the 2014/15 period as 'Exceeds Expectations’ 
2. Increase the General Managers remuneration package by 2.5% to $247,318. 

MOVED: Councillor M F Ticehurst SECONDED: Councillor J J McGinnes. 

At 10.05pm the Council resolved to refer to open Council. MOVED: Councillor R Thompson SECONDED: Councillor F Inzitari Councillors Ticehurst and McGinnes vacated the chambers at 10.07pm. 

The Mayor announced the recommendation of the Closed Council. There being no further business the meeting concluded at 10.10pm.