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Departmental Media Release

Have your say on a new open cut mine project near Singleton

  • Date: 11.08.2016
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

A proposal by United Collieries Pty Limited and Wambo Coal Pty Limited for a new open cut mine project at Singleton will be on exhibition from today for community consultation.


The joint proposal seeks to combine the existing open cut operations at Wambo with a proposed new open cut mine at United.


The companies say the new mine, approximately 16 kilometres west of Singleton, will provide jobs for around 500 employees.


The Department of Planning and Environment is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal which seeks to:

  • develop a new open cut mine at United to extract 110 million tonnes of run-of-mine coal over a 23 year period
  • extend the life of the currently operating Wambo Coal Mine and Wambo train loading facility to align with the proposed 23 year project period
  • extract an additional 40 million tonnes of run-of-mine coal from the Wambo open cut mine by mining deeper seems and extending the project boundary by 3.8 hectares
  • expand and upgrade the Wambo and United infrastructure
  • realign a two kilometre section of the Golden Highway
  • relocate sections of 330 kilovolt and 66 kilovolt transmission line, and
  • continue use of the Wambo coal handling and processing plant and associated infrastructure.


A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.


“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” the spokesperson said.


“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.


“It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.”


To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), visit


Submissions can be made from Thursday 11 August until Thursday 22 September 2016.


Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Resource Assessments
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001


The application and EIS are also available to view in person at:

  • Department of Planning and Environment, 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney
  • Singleton Council, Administrative Centre, corner Queen Street and Civic Avenue, Singleton
  • Nature Conservation Council, Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney

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