GLOUCESTER residents keen to make a submission on the Rocky Hill coal mine project are invited to attend a free information session to be hosted by council tonight.
Council says it is keen to ensure the community is fully aware of the project which it has labelled the ‘most significant development proposal in Gloucester’s recent history’.
The workshop will explain the scope, scale and impact of Gloucester Resources Limited’s (GRL) proposed Rocky Hill mine and offer help to groups and individuals to have their opinions considered by the NSW government as it assesses the proposal.
The current $150 million proposal is for an open cut coal mine producing 2.5 million tonnes of coal each year with a project life of up to 21 years.
The proposed open cut mine will be 1500m from the closest private residence and 2230m from the rural residential area of Thunderbolts Estate.
The exploration licence cuts through Thunderbolts Estate and, if activated, will be 1700m from Gloucester Hospital.
Proposed mining hours are 7am to 10pm Mondays to Saturdays with coal processing from 7am to 10pm.
Train loading and maintenance will take place 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Council’s general manager Danny Green said the information session will include an overview of the key elements of the project, hear council’s main concerns about the proposed mine and gain insights into effective submission writing.
Attendees will be able to lodge submissions electronically on the night.
“We are doing all we can to ensure that our community understands the potential impacts of the Rocky Hill proposal and that they everyone has the opportunity to have their concerns and issues considered,” he said.
“Due to the significant and complex nature of this development, council is offering direct assistance to groups and individuals at the workshop, and in the weeks following, to make submissions on the proposal.”
Mr Green said submissions could be made confidentially.
The information session commences at 5.30pm at the Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre.
All residents that would like to hear more about the mine proposal, understand its impacts or learn how to make a submission or seek assistance in making a submission are invited to attend.