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Departmental Media Release

Department to hold community information sessions for Hume Coal proposal

  • Date: 21.04.2017
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

The Southern Highlands community is urged to register for the Department of Planning and Environment’s public information sessions for the Hume Coal proposal.

Two community information sessions will be held at Exeter Hall, Exeter Road, Exeter on Wednesday 26 April and Thursday 27 April from 6.30-8.30pm.

Clay Preshaw, Director of Resource Assessments, said members of the community will be encouraged to give feedback and ask questions at the events. “We will provide further information about the assessment process and how the public can make submissions,” Mr Preshaw said. 

“We will also meet with special interest groups during the exhibition period.

“The Environmental Impact Statement for the Hume Coal Project proposal is currently on exhibition for extended 90-day period until 30 June – three times the usual exhibition timeframe. 

“All public feedback will be closely considered during our assessment the proposal.” 

The Hume Coal Project proposal involves a new underground coal mine extracting up to 3.5 million tonnes of coal a year over 19 years. The associated Berrima Rail Project involves the extension of the Berrima railway line to connect the proposed mine to the Main Southern Railway.

To attend one of the public information sessions, people should register their interest at 1800 854 405. If media plan to attend they must register via

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