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
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
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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.
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
Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Executive Summary4122KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Table of Contents84KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 1 – Introduction2209KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 3 – Consultation and Community Initiatives1011KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 4 – Environmental Assessment – Part 19228KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 4 – Environmental Assessment – Part 27816KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 5 – Rehabilitation and Mine Closure4316KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 6 – Planning Framework and Project Justification1108KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 7 – Summary of Management, Mitigationm Monitoring and Reporting1457KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 8 – References958KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement- Section 9 – Abbreviations and Acronyms and Glossary965KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix A – Groundwater Assessment – Part 18002KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix A – Groundwater Assessment – Part 214402KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B – Surface Water Assessment – Part 17960KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B – Surface Water Assessment – Part 210214KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B – Surface Water Assessment – Part 39058KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix B – Surface Water Assessment – Part 47119KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix C – Noise and Blasting Assessment5046KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix I – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage – Assessment Part 12890KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix I – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage – Assessment Part 212282KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix J – Non Aboriginal Heritage Assessment3395KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix K – Socio Economic Assessment1472KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix L – Geochemistry Assessment1880KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix M – Environmental Risk Assessment1388KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix N – Preliminary Hazard Analysis1278KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O – Land Contamination Assessment – Part 18551KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O – Land Contamination Assessment – Part 212742KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Appendix O – Land Contamination Assessment – Part 312302KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 1 – Director Generals Requirements2576KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 2 – Development Application Area and Real Property Descriptions1067KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 3 – Relevant Environmental Planning Instruments1135KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 4- Potential Interactions between Project and other Majors Projects1001KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 5 – Water Licensing Requirement1135KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 6 – Community Information1895KB
VIC-Environmental Impact Statement-Attachment 7 – Peer Review Letter1369KB
VIC-Vickery Coal Project – Project Description and PEA1736KB