After a very extensive process and two Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) hearings approval has finally been given by the NSW PAC to the Springvale Mine Project Extension application.
“This has been a difficult period for the Lithgow community” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “fortunately we now have approval from the NSW Planning Assessment Commission for the extension of the Springvale Mine by renewing its current planning consent. This is terrific news for our community.”
“This is also great news for the over 300 employees of Springvale, most of whom live in the Lithgow Local Government Area. Added to this is the critical nature of Springvale Mine coal supply to Mt Piper Power Station and the many people employed there as well as the essential power supply for NSW” said Mayor Statham.
“With the unanimous support from Council for the project representations have been persistently made to the local members and also to numerous government ministers.”
“Unfortunately the process is not yet over and approval is now required from the Federal Government, but I am very hopeful that this will be dealt with expediently and positively.”
Now that the PAC has made a final determination the EPBC process is triggered. This is a process under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Here there is a statutory 30 business days to complete the EPBC process. Additional information may evoke stop the clock provisions under this Act.
Supporting the long-term sustainability of infrastructure that supports growth and advocating for the retention of existing employment and skills base are two of Council’s key economic strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.
Councillor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259