After a very protracted process, two Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) hearings and the EPBC process approval has finally been given for the Springvale Mine Project Extension project to proceed.
“I have to say the approval of the Springvale Mine Extension project is very welcome news for the Lithgow area and it now gives a lot of certainty to not only the mining company and the miners but it also gives certainty to the Lithgow community as well” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “To state the obvious this has been a very difficult period for the Lithgow community but we now again have direction after being in limbo for many months.”
“I am overjoyed that the hundreds of employees of the Springvale Mine, most of whom live in the Lithgow Local Government Area, can now get back to work and I believe that they will be doing so as soon as today.”
“I am also very pleased that coal supply to Mt Piper Power Station, where there are many more people employed, will be recommenced and there will be certainty of power supply for NSW” said Mayor Statham.
“Regrettably the process that we have been through here has problems and these problems need to be fixed!” said Mayor Statham.
“In the meantime this decision will allow the Lithgow community to do what it does best, mine coal and generate power for the people and economy of NSW” concluded Mayor Statham.
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