Hume Coal to present to Council the wide-ranging benefits of company’s underground mining project

28 June 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Hume Coal will inform Wingecarribee Shire Council of the many benefits of the proposed underground mine, and challenge Council to take notice of the facts and not the scare-mongering and misinformation of local activist groups.

The company’s Project Director Greig Duncan said that the economic benefits alone are compelling.

“The project will generate 300 long-term, well paid careers, drawing over $600-million in wages and salaries for the life of the mine. Much of that $600-million could be spent in local businesses because those who live local and work local also spend local.”

Mr Duncan says the low-impact underground operations will primarily be out-of-sight, and the proposed surface infrastructure is situated adjacent to the existing industrial corridor to the east and will have minimal effect on neighbours and passersby.

“Nor will there be any negative impact on town water supplies, or the Sydney water catchment. The water rights of the 71 licensed bore owners who may be affected by the project are protected by the State Government’s Aquifer Interference Policy. This means local landholders will continue to have water for their livestock, their gardens and their home.”

Hume Coal will also highlight to Council that particles from wood-burning fires and vehicle emissions pose a far greater threat to air quality in the region than the proposed mine, with projected levels of the project’s emissions “well below applicable assessment criteria”.

“There will be no measurable impact on Bowral, Burradoo, Moss Vale or Mittagong, or any community in between”, Duncan concluded, “but all will benefit from a stronger and more vibrant local economy.”

Mr Duncan will remind Councillors they have a responsibility to all the Shire’s residents to consider the facts, and not the fantasies peddled by the local activist groups.

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Ben Fitzsimmons

M 0448 806 450

E bfitzsimmons@humecoal.com.au