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Australian Coal Alliance Inc. submission into the
Potential Coal Mining Impacts in the Wyong LGA



Australian Coal Alliance Submission
Australian Coal Alliance Submission in Reply to Inquiry


At the recent Strategic Inquiry, into the Impacts of Coal Mining in the Wyong LGA, Inquiry Panel Chair Kerry Chikarovski praised the quality of the Australian Coal Alliance submission on the impact of coal extraction from beneath the catchment valleys and said that the authors of the document should be commended.

Coal Alliance campaign director Alan Hayes said that the mining company had intimated in a radio interview that information being disseminated by us was nothing more than urban myth.

“This is totally false and a misleading and reckless statement by the mining company,” said Mr Hayes.

The Alliance’s submission stressed concern on the impact of subsidence on the water resource, the deleterious effect on health from coal dust and the adverse social and economic impacts on the community.

“All assertions made by us in our submission to the inquiry were quantified by reference to accepted published documents. Many of these documents were reports published by various NSW Government depart-ments,” said Mr Hayes.

The northern part of Wyong Shire is zone for increased dormitory use and clean industry. The Wyong Regional Chamber of Commerce said that they were concerned about the impact coal dust would have on the Wyong Employment Zone at Warnervale.

“The WEZ is directly south of the proposed coal handling facility,” said Wyong Township co ordinator Kevin Faulks.

“The Chamber of Commerce is encouraging food manufacturing and packaging industry into this area to compliment the Woolworth’s distribution centre.”

“This will not happen with a coal loader up the road. The WEZ would eventually provide 6000 local jobs, and this could be put in jeopardy.”

Wyong MP David Harris said he was concerned about the noise and dust impacts on the community and for the future of the Wyong Employment Zone.

“It is illogical and irrational to even contem-plate longwall coal mining beneath a water catchment area given the recent experiences in other areas where stream beds have been fractured and stream flows compromised and lost,” said Alan Hayes.

“The Kores submission provided no substantive evidence or bibliography to their claims.”

“Statements of Commitment are not a substitute for properly researched and analysed reports confirming that a project will not have a particular impact.”

Kores community relations manager Peter Smith said that their investigations are incomplete and still ongoing.

Kores’ consultants ERM confirmed that subsidence would occur beneath Jilliby Jilliby Creek.

Alan Hayes said that Kores’ statement before the Inquiry “It’s important people understand the proposed footprint of the mine is only 4.7 per cent of the water catchment” is irresponsible and reckless.

“Mr Smith failed to state that this “footprint” would be at the end of the Dooralong and Yarramalong Valley water catchment, between the confluence of the two river systems, and directly beneath the valleys floodplain, the major water flow-through of the aquifers.”

“It is this part of our water catchment area that is the most significant and most critical. 50% of the entire Central Coast’s water supply is drawn from this part of the water catchment,” said Mr Hayes.

Mr Smith said that he didn’t believe that the 154m setback of the mine from Wyong River would have any impact.

“This would put Wyong River well within the subsidence zone and put it at risk,” said Mr Hayes.