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Powering the region
Vickery will deliver more jobs and a stronger future for North West NSW
The Vickery Extension Project (Vickery) is a proposal to construct an open-cut coal mine and associated on-site infrastructure about 25 kilometres north of Gunnedah. The mine will produce a majority metallurgical coal for steel-making, with the balance being high quality thermal coal destined for premium export markets in our region.
The proposal builds upon, and further optimises, an already-approved mine, on a site that has already been extensively and safely mined over many years. The proposal will make Vickery and our neighbouring operations more efficient and sustainable over the longer term.
In August 2020, Vickery was approved by the Independent Planning Commission NSW.
net economic benefit to NSW
jobs during construction and operations to be created
In April 2023, the Whitehaven Coal Board approved investment to commence the early mining of the Vickery coal deposit.
Early mining will comprise of a low capital project that will utilise surplus coal processing and washing infrastructure capacity at the Gunnedah CHPP as well as existing road haulage, rail and port capacity.
Construction commenced in June 2023 and first coal is expected around mid-CY2024, with production ramping up in FY25. Following ramp-up, ROM production of around 1.2-1.3Mtpa (~0.9-1.0Mtpa sales) is expected.
Further information about Vickery Early Mining can be found in the March 2023 Quarter Production Report
For information about employment opportunities, please visit the Whitehaven People & Careers page
Local businesses and suppliers are encouraged to register their interest here
Members of the community can contact us via email or our community hotline for more information, to provide feedback or to lodge a complaint.
Benefits accruing locally
Vickery has the potential to be one of the most significant sources of employment and investment in North West NSW over the coming years.
The Project will create approximately 500 jobs during the construction phase and 450 jobs during operations. We estimate it will generate approximately 170 new jobs in locally-based supplier businesses.
of workforce locally-based
in wages that will help support local businesses
Project Development Works Expression of Interest
Please register your interest for the four major work packages associated with the construction works for this landmark project.
Respecting the local environment
We have comprehensively studied the potential impacts of the proposal to ensure environmental impacts are minimised, mitigated or offset.
The results of these studies are outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which incorporates some 18 specialist assessments from independent scientific and technical experts, and shows that noise, air quality and visual impacts of the mine are similar or better than what is already approved.
Major assessments from scientific and technical experts
Noise, air quality and visual impacts same or better than what is already approved
No mining in the ‘Blue Vale’ pit
Whitehaven submits the Development Application, including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for assessment.
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) reviews the EIS and prepares for public exhibition.
EIS placed on public exhibition, and submissions are lodged. Commonwealth Independent Expert Scientific Committee reviews EIS.
Preliminary issues report
The DPIE assesses the EIS and publishes a report outlining preliminary considerations.
Independent Review if required
The NSW Minister for Planning may direct the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) to undertake an independent review of the Project.
The IPC holds public hearings and calls for public comment on the Project.
Response to submissions
Whitehaven prepares a response to submissions made during the exhibition period and public hearings.
Whole of Government review
DPIE delivers its whole-of-Government assessment of the Project, to be considered by the IPC.
Additional public hearings
The IPC may hold additional public hearings into the Project.
The IPC will make a determination. If the Project is approved, conditions will be imposed.
Commonwealth Government determination – if approved, conditions are likely to be imposed.
Next Scheduled blast:
Blasting at the Vickery Mine will occur once mining has begun.Blasting operations will be carried out between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. No blasting will occur on Sundays or Public Holidays.
Vickery Extension Project
Contact us via email or our community hotline for more information, to provide feedback or to lodge a complaint.All contacts
Small scale underground mining first commenced
Larger scale open cut mining undertaken
at the former Vickery Coal Mine, owned by Rio Tinto
Mining at the former Vickery Coal Mine ceased
Rehabilitation works commenced
Whitehaven acquired CL316 from Rio Tinto
Whitehaven submits a Development Application and EIS for the Vickery Coal Project
NSW Government approves Vickery Coal Project area
Whitehaven submits a Development Application and EIS for the Vickery Extension Project
NSW Independent Planning Commission approves Vickery Extension Project
Federal Environment Minister approves the Vickery Extension Project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Whitehaven Coal Board approves investment to commence early mining of the Vickery coal deposit.
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Vickery Extension Project CCC MEMBER DETAILS AND CONTACTS
Community Consultative Committee applications
The Vickery Extension Project Community Consultative Committee (CCC) is looking for a mix of people who live locally or are members of a local community or stakeholder group (e.g. social, environment, Aboriginal or industry) to contribute constructively to committee discussions, attend around four meetings a year, and communicate information about the mine’s social and environmental operations between the committee and the broader community. Committee membership is voluntary. Whitehaven employees and contractors are not eligible for appointment to the committee as a community representative.
To make an Expression of Interest to join the Vickery Extension Project CCC, please review the criteria, complete an application form and return it to the independent chairperson of the CCC, Roberta Ryan at Roberta.Ryan@newcastle.edu.au or PO Box 600, Gunnedah, NSW 2380.
For more information contact Roberta Ryan on 0402 209 896.
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Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance
VCM-Amendment Report25.39 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Executive Summary17.95 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Table of Contents1.11 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 1 - Introduction14.23 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 2 - Project Description16.11 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 3 - Consulation and Community Initiatives1.12 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 4 - Environmental Assessment23.02 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 5 - Rehabilitation Strategy16.75 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 6 - Planning Framework and Project Justification930.03 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 7 - Summary of Management, Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting903.64 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 8 - References663.92 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 9 - Abbreviations, Acronyms and Glossary706.18 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix A - Groundwater Assessment (Part 1)16.94 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix A - Groundwater Assessment (Part 2)11.75 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B - Surface Water Assessment9.85 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix C - Flood Assessment16.29 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix D - Noise and Blasting Assessment6.67 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix E - Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Assessment9.74 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix F - BARBOS (Part 1)18.2 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix F - BARBOS (Part 2)9.75 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix F - BARBOS (Part 3)20.37 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix G - ACHA (Part 1)26.29 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix G - ACHA (Part 2)15.56 MB
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VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix H - Agricultural Impact Statement17.13 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix I - Road Transport Assessment19.58 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix J - Economic Assessment1.76 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix K - Historic Heritage Assessment8.6 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix L - Visual Assessment11.11 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix M - Geochemistry Assessment8.9 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix N - Aquatic Ecology Assessment8.1 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O - Environmental Risk Assessment8.99 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix P - Preliminary Hazard Analysis13.38 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix Q - Land Contamination Assessment (Part 1)10.08 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix Q - Land Contamination Assessment (Part 2)24.96 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix R - Social Impact Assessment4.58 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 1 - Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements3.88 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 2 - Matters of National Environmental Significance Cross Reference Table916.79 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 3 - Development Application Area and Real Property Descriptions767.72 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 4 - Peer Review Letters5.33 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 5 - Planning Instruments Addendum892.96 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 6 - Aquifer Interference Policy Considerations and Water Licensing Addendum1.34 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 7 - Capital Investment Value Estimate Report1021.38 KB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 8 - Community Information13.45 MB
VCM-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 9 - Site Verification Certificate860.35 KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Executive Summary4.03 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Table of Contents83.63 KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 1 - Introduction2.16 MB
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VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 5 - Rehabilitation and Mine Closure4.21 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 6 - Planning Framework and Project Justification1.08 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 7 - Summary of Management, Mitigationm Monitoring and Reporting1.42 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 8 - References957.67 KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 9 - Abbreviations and Acronyms and Glossary964.4 KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix A - Groundwater Assessment - Part 17.81 MB
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VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B - Surface Water Assessment - Part 17.77 MB
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VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix C - Noise and Blasting Assessment4.93 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix D - Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Assessment8.62 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix E - Ecological Assessment - Part 110.96 MB
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VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix F - Road Transport Assessment4.65 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix G - Agricultural Impact Statement - Part 17.65 MB
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VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix H - Visual Assessment4.77 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix I - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage - Assessment Part 12.82 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix I - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage - Assessment Part 211.99 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix J - Non Aboriginal Heritage Assessment3.31 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix K - Socio Economic Assessment1.44 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix L - Geochemistry Assessment1.84 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix M - Environmental Risk Assessment1.35 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix N - Preliminary Hazard Analysis1.25 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O - Land Contamination Assessment - Part 18.35 MB
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VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 1 - Director Generals Requirements2.51 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 2 - Development Application Area and Real Property Descriptions1.04 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 3 - Relevant Environmental Planning Instruments1.11 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 4- Potential Interactions between Project and other Majors Projects1000.17 KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 5 - Water Licensing Requirement1.11 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 6 - Community Information1.85 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 7 - Peer Review Letter1.34 MB
VIC-Vickery Coal Project - Project Description and PEA1.7 MB
Blast Management Plan2.68 MB
Environmental Management Strategy2.61 MB
VCM - Annual Rehabilitation Report and Forward Program4.1 MB
VIC-Water Management Plan6.63 MB
WHC-PLN-VCM-Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan2.42 MB
WHC-PLN-VCM-Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan2.7 MB
WHC-PLN-VCM-Bushfire Management Plan2.82 MB
WHC-PLN-VCM-Historic Heritage Management Plan2.17 MB
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