More than 200 people attended a “call to arms” public meeting in Gloucester on July 13 and expressed overwhelming opposition to Gloucester Resources Limited’s proposed Rocky Hill coal mine. The Department of Planning is currently reviewing GRL’s response to submissions and will soon be making a recommendation about whether or not the mine should be approved.
The following resolution was unanimously passed (with one abstention):
- 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.
Last month, GRL announced that it will not be seeking renewal for part of the exploration licence (EL) held for the Gloucester Basin.
The company stated it will relinquish approximately six square kilometres of its EL that lies north of the proposed mine site.
In May, a spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) said there is a high degree of public interest in the coal mine project with more than 2500 submissions received.
It was noted at the time that 10 per cent support the project while 84 per cent opposed. A spokesperson for the DPE said the submissions show 28 per cent were from the Gloucester region.