Will there be any impact on local properties?

Many years of careful planning means we have designed an underground first workings mine that is sensitive to the environment in which we operate. We want to ensure that landowners can continue with their current land uses, uninterrupted.

Will it cause subsidence (land movement) on or around properties in the mine area?

The Hume Coal project has been designed to minimise the potential surface impacts from mine subsidence to levels that are negligible and imperceptible.

The maximum predicted surface settlement is less than 20 millimetres, which means that surface features are highly unlikely to be affected. During mining, there will be ongoing monitoring to check that the mine design objectives are achieved.

What will the mine do to water supplies?

Water has been one of the principal considerations taken into account whilst designing the first workings underground mine. The project will have no effect on town water supplies, and will satisfy the government’s criteria for a “neutral or beneficial effect” on the Sydney Water Catchment’s water quality.

Will I be able to see the mine or any aspect of its operation?

Firstly, it is an underground mine. It is not an open cut and never will be. The project’s design has progressively evolved to reduce its visual impacts. Nonetheless, the development of the mine will result in some changes, especially in the early stages before the native vegetation screens mature. In most instances, distance combined with the area’s landscape and vegetation will minimise the project’s overall visual impacts and avoid any significant adverse visual impacts.

What is the mine about and when is it happening?

The Hume Coal project is an environmentally sensitive low-impact underground coal mining project. It uses an underground first workings only mine design to protect the surface and sub-surface from long-term environmental impacts. It is not a long-wall, open cut or coal seam gas mine.

Construction of the mine will follow the NSW Government’s determination process for state significant developments. If approval is granted, the construction period will take approximately 2 years. This includes driving the decline drifts to seam level. At this stage, Hume Coal is aiming to commence construction in 2020.

The mine will create long-term careers in engineering, geology, environmental science, specialist trades, specialist operators, management and administration.

Why are you mining in this area?

The NSW Government has granted us the licence to explore the area on behalf of the people of NSW. We are now submitting our plans to the Government to extract coal in the exploration area and create a long-term industry for the Southern Highlands. The coal we propose to mine will produce a primary product known as coking or metallurgical coal, which is essential for steel making. This is a valuable commodity that is sought after by steel making companies globally to make everyday products.

Where exactly are you mining?

The mine will be located underground in the Sutton Forest area, roughly 10km outside Moss Vale. The surface infrastructure will be located on the western side of the Hume Highway, on Hume Coal property and the underground parts of the mine will extend from the Illawarra Highway in the south to the Belanglo Forest in the west. The underground mine plan avoids populated areas, such as the Sutton Forest village.