The Rocky Hill Coal Mine is threatening the beautiful Gloucester Valley.
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Thanks to the more than 200 people who attended the public meeting on Thursday 13 July 2017 at the Gloucester Soldiers Club.  It was a wonderful turnout and enables us to send a strong message to the government.  The following resolution, which was passed unanimously with one abstention, has been sent to the Premier and Ministers for Planning and Resources.

“This meeting of residents of Gloucester and environs expresses its total opposition to the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine on account of its proximity to closely settled areas and the known harmful impacts that will result.  This meeting calls on the Berejiklian Government to take immediate action to prevent the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine being approved and to rescind all exploration licences currently held by Gloucester Resources Limited.”

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Keep up to date with what's happening with the Rocky Hill coal mine application. Information is on the NSW Planning website.


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Here we go again

We rejoiced when AGL announced that they were giving up on coal seam gas. Now the mainly foreign-owned Gloucester Resources Limited has returned to try to start a new coal mine called “Rocky Hill” at Forbesdale.

There are two approved coal mines owned by Yancoal in the valley; Duralie which is active and Stratford which has approval to expand but is not active now. The coal mined at Duralie is processed at Stratford.

An EIS for Rocky Hill was first exhibited in 2013 but put on hold in 2015 without being decided.

Now GRL are trying again, this time using the existing Stratford plant and railhead, under contract with Yancoal, instead of building their own. The EIS was placed on exhibition and well over 1000 submissions were received in opposition to the mine. GRL has responded to these submissions and the Department of Planning is now considering its recommendation. For more information click here.
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If approved it will extend coal mining in the valley for decades.

Schools and hundreds of homes are within the 5km health danger zone of the project’s first stage. Future expansion could be as close as 1km from the built up area of Gloucester.

The source of health and environmental problems will be closer to people and the risks will last longer than the Stratford mine.

In a world of oversupply and industry decline due to energy competition why should another coal mine be imposed on the rural community of Gloucester?

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