Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL)
- ROCKY HILL COAL PROJECT

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FINAL SUBMISSION
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EDO REPORT: Climate-ready planning laws for Rocky Hill and Beyond - CLICK HERE

ROCKY HILL ABORIGINAL HERITAGE (Written for The Law Journal) by John Watts, Jeff Kite, Michael Manikas and Ken Eveleigh - CLICK HERE

ROCKY HILL MEDIA COVERAGE:

ECHO NETDAILY (9/5/19): Gloucester community delighted that Rocky Hill judgement to stand - CLICK HERE

ABC RADIO (9/5/19): Cameron Marshall Interview with Julie Lyford - CLICK HERE

ABC TV 7.30 REPORT (19/2/19): No Country for Coal - CLICK HERE

ILLAWARRA MERCURY (18/2/19): Climate Change: The people are waiting for governments to catch up - CLICK HERE

THE GUARDIAN (17/2/19): We're collateral damage': coalmine battle drains Gloucester residents - CLICK HERE

THE CANBERRA TIMES (17/2/19): These residents stopped a coal mine, made history and sent ripples through boardrooms around the world - CLICK HERE

FINANCIAL REVIEW (8/2/19): Landmark decision blocks Gloucester Resources coal mine in NSW - CLICK HERE

ABC AUSTRALIA WIDE RADIO (8/2/19): David Watts Interview with Sinead Mangan - CLICK HERE

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (8/2/19): 'Delicious irony': How miner's challenge became a climate change win - CLICK HERE

ECHO NETDAILY (8/2/19): Coal joins tobacco and asbestos as one of the bad guys - CLICK HERE

FRANCE 24 (8/2/19): Australian court rejects coal mine on climate grounds - CLICK HERE

REUTERS (8/2/19): Australian court bars new coal mine project in landmark win for green lobby - CLICK HERE

THE AUSTRALIAN (content only available by subscription) - CLICK HERE


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HISTORY:

GRL are proposing to build an open-cut coal mine on the outskirts of Gloucester township just 900m from the residential area of Forbesdale.

GRL, an 80% foreign owned company, commenced exploring for coal in the Gloucester valley in 2008. They have three exploration licences surrounding the town on two sides.

Further down the valley the Yancoal Stratford mine is mothballed and the Duralie mine will cease operations in 2019. The price of coal has plummeted but GRL are steadfast in their determination to build the Rocky Hill Mine.

GRL has been pursuing approval for the Rocky Hill mine since it first approached the NSW Government in 2012 but has strategically dragged out the approval process for the past three years as it placed its application “on hold” and pursued major cost-savings.

GRL plans to mine for up to 21 years and recover up to 2 million tonnes of coal per year. But don’t worry – it will be subject to the most rigorous regulation and monitoring!

Now things are on the move again. A revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was placed on public exhibition by the Department of Planning and submissions closed on 14 October 2016. An overwhelming number of submissions were opposing the mine.

Cost saving measures decided by GRL: Out goes the costly processing plant, overland conveyor and rail loop; In comes a 10km private haul road between the Rocky Hill mine and the Stratford mine – all done in partnership with a cash-strapped Yancoal.

Although GRL touts Stage 1 of the mine as being comparatively small it will be approximately 900 metres from a residential area and will place the hospital, schools, aged care facilities and many more homes and families within the 5 kilometre health impact zone.

Exploration drilling has taken place in Stage 2 – this will take the mine north towards Gloucester and extend the health impact zone to cover most of Gloucester township.
MEDIA ARCHIVE

02/02/18
Rocky Hill Pain Continues for Gloucester

16/11/17
Rocky Hill Mine Owner GRL Ltd Shows Contempt for Gloucester Community

31/7/17
New Poll: Gloucester Rejects Rocky Hill Coal Mine

13/7/17
Media Release: Public Meeting

17/5/17
Forbesdale Residents tell of their Rocky Hill Pain

16/5/17
Gloucester Residents Angry about Rocky Hill Coal Mine Proposal

14/10/16
Community vows to fight Rocky Hill mine and impacts on local land and water

7/8/16
Rocky Hill Mine a Disaster for Gloucester

26/8/16
Groundswell calls on Mid-Coast Council to oppose Rocky Hill

23/4/14
Land Access Inquiry Welcomed


RESOURCES

2019:
Rocky Hill Aboriginal Heritage (Written for The Law Journal) by John Watts, Jeff Kite, Michael Manikas and Ken Eveleigh - CLICK HERE

2018:
Rocky Hill Refused: The Planning Assessment Commission has rejected the Rocky Hill Coal Project - CLICK HERE
Groundswell's Submission - CLICK HERE

September 1 2017: MidCoast Council Election 2017
CLICK HERE
Responses from Candidates re: Rocky Hill Mine:
Groups A, B, D, G, H, I, J, K
Group C

July 4 2017: Urgent Public Meeting: Rocky Hill Mine
CLICK HERE

Sept 2016: Petition - protect Gloucester from impacts of open cut mining
CLICK HERE

8/9/16: Community Newsletter Rocky Hill 2
CLICK HERE

20/7/16: Community Newsletter Rocky Hill 1
CLICK HERE

4/5/16: A Zombie Staggers from the Grave
CLICK HERE

10/12/15: The Way We Could Be by Gerald McCalden
CLICK HERE

29/5/14: Aerial photo slideshow
CLICK HERE
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Rocky Hill Stage1 Footprint

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