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Protecting our most precious resource

The NSW Government has not yet protected the Central Coasts' drinking water catchment! WILL THEY?

  • The South Korean Government-owned mining company (Kores) wants to mine beneath your drinking water catchment and send all the coal to Korea.

  • In return, all they’ll give you is electrical goods, white goods and motor cars. A high price to pay for your drinking water.

  • Is foreign greed worth putting your drinking water catchment at risk?

The Wyong valleys (Dooralong and Yarramalong) account for 50% of the water catchment for the entire Central Coast of NSW, and they are its largest water resource. They were proclaimed as a water catchment area in 1950, gazette number 153 of the Local Government Act 1919.

The Wyong River and Creek, Wyong catchment weir and the ‘pump pool’ for Mardi Dam are located within the horizontal subsidence zone of the proposed coal mine project. This horizontal subsidence zone also encroaches on the northern boundary of Mardi Dam and a portion of the dam itself, which was proclaimed water catchment in 1987.

There are also a number of international waders, recorded under the Australian Government agreements with China and Japan, whose fragile habitat is entirely dependent upon the health of the water catchment river systems, and thirty-three (33) endangered or threatened species of flora and fauna within the catchment valleys.

Longwall coal mining not only poses a threat to the water supply, both surface and subsurface waters, but it also poses a threat to the habitat of the various endangered and threatened species of flora and fauna.

A report on Jilliby Jilliby Creek, prepared in 2004 by River Care, in association with Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority, National Heritage Trust and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, declared this water system as one of the most pristine in New South Wales. This report also condemns the damage that will be caused by the impact of longwall coal mining.

Proclaimed Water Catchment

Tuggerah Lakes and Barrier Estuary


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Related Link


NSW Scientific Committee Report - Key Threatening Process final determination.

Alteration of habitat following subsidence due to longwall coal mining - key threatening process declaration under Schedule 3, Part 2 of the Threatened Species Conservation Act.