Powering the region
Vickery means more local jobs, growth and a stronger future for the North West.
Subject to approval, the Vickery Extension Project (Vickery) will entail the construction of a new open-cut mine and associated on-site infrastructure (new coal processing plant and rail spur) about 25 kilometres to the north of Gunnedah, near two of our existing mines at Tarrawonga and Rocglen, and along a seam that contains some of the best quality coal in the country.
The area has already been extensively mined and there is an existing approval covering the site. Coal produced from the mine will be a combination of metallurgical and thermal products.
net economic benefit to NSW
jobs to be created
Benefits accruing locally
Vickery has the potential to be one of the most significant investments 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 businesses that will provide contracting and mine-support services.
of workforce locally-based
incremental disposable income to be generated
Respecting the local environment
The comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a detailed technical document that provides information about the Project and the steps we will take to ensure environmental impacts are minimised.
The Vickery EIS incorporates some 18 specialist assessments from scientific and technical experts, including studies on groundwater, surface water, flood, noise, air quality, biodiversity and cultural heritage. The EIS shows that noise, air quality and visual impacts of the mine are similar or better than what was previously approved.
Major assessments from scientific and technical experts.
Noise, air quality and visual impacts same or better than what was previously 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.
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 undertakes mining operations at the Canyon Mine
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
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Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance
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
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 2 - Project Description3.48 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 3 - Consultation and Community Initiatives1010.12 KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 4 - Environmental Assessment - Part 19.01 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 4 - Environmental Assessment - Part 27.63 MB
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
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix A - Groundwater Assessment - Part 214.06 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B - Surface Water Assessment - Part 17.77 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B - Surface Water Assessment - Part 29.97 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B - Surface Water Assessment - Part 38.84 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B - Surface Water Assessment - Part 46.95 MB
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
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix E - Ecological Assessment - Part 27.26 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix F - Road Transport Assessment4.65 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix G - Agricultural Impact Statement - Part 17.65 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix G - Agricultural Impact Statement - Part 29.07 MB
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
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O - Land Contamination Assessment - Part 212.44 MB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O - Land Contamination Assessment - Part 312.01 MB
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