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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.

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net economic benefit to NSW


jobs to be created


capital investment


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.


construction jobs


operational jobs


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.

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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

Assessment process

  • Submission

    Whitehaven submits the Development Application, including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for assessment.

  • Review

    NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) reviews the EIS and prepares for public exhibition.

  • 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.

  • Public comment

    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.

  • IPC determination

    The IPC will make a determination. If the Project is approved, conditions will be imposed.

  • Commonwealth determination

    Commonwealth Government determination – if approved, conditions are likely to be imposed.



Small scale underground mining first commenced


Larger scale open cut mining undertaken

at the former Vickery Coal Mine, owned by Rio Tinto

May 1998

Mining at the former Vickery Coal Mine ceased

Rehabilitation works commenced

Feb 2010

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

Sept 2013

NSW Government approves Vickery Coal Project area

Aug 2018

Whitehaven submits a Development Application and EIS for the Vickery Extension Project


Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance


Vickery Extension Project

Contact us via email or our community hotline for more information, to provide feedback or to lodge a complaint.

 1800 942 625


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