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Mine expansion threatens endangered sites



There are fears threatened habitat and species which survived the Black Summer bushfires in the New South Wales Blue Mountains could be lost if a coal mine is allowed to expand. Centennial Coal has applied to re-open its Angus Place Mine on Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow. The company wants to carry out longwall mining underneath a number of swamps listed as endangered ecological communities. Lithgow residents Chris Jonkers and his wife Julie Favell are avid bushwalkers on Newnes Plateau and have watched the landscape change. They are worried about how wildlife will be impacted if the area is damaged. "This is the kitchen, if you like. All nature comes to these tiny spots for food and water," Mr Jonkers said. Centennial Coal's environmental assessment (EA) states that "subsidence-related impacts are expected at Tri-Star Swamp, Twin Gully Swamp, Trail Six Swamp and the hanging swamps within their catchments". In 2010, the company was ordered to pay $1.5 million because of slumping at East Wolgan swamp. It has also admitted its operations at its Springvale Mine, also near Lithgow, contributed to the drying of Carne West Swamp on Newnes Plateau. Chris Jonkers said he feared the same fate awaited the swamps above Angus Place Mine.
Date posted: March 2, 2021

Rare Butterfly Display Funding



Ms Favell said she was lucky to be able to see this butterfly in real life. "The photo I got is honestly a one in a billion shot, I just happened to be crouching down and was able to snap it," she said. Ms Favell applied for funding from Local Land Services last year to get the display up. "I put the idea to [Lithgow City Council tourism manager] Simon Francis, who approved it and then we went ahead with it," she said. On Friday, May 17 Logan Signs owner Josh Logan put up the large picture of the rare butterfly in the Tourism Centre. The small butterfly, commonly known as the Purple Copper Butterfly only comes out for a span of a couple of weeks during Spring within the Lithgow area. Read more at the Lithgow Mercury.
Posted: Sunday 07 February 2021.

Lithgow Community Power



The Lithgow community knows all about power. Oil shale and coal were the foundations of Lithgow's contributions to the Australian economy, and power remains its biggest export. Each historic phase of energy production and manufacturing involved innovation and the latest technology. The next phase in Lithgow's economic and community development can be equally innovative. To support innovation and development, a group of local people have established the Lithgow Community Power Project. Residents, workers and others associated with Lithgow are encouraged to become members of the Project. Our initiatives are overseen by a Board of up to nine people from the Lithgow Region, elected by the members.
Posted: Sunday 07 February 2021.

Wetlands Should Not Burn


Posted: 10/23/20.

Swamped by Threats - Dingo Swamp Project

Are you up to help replant our upland swamps, learn about those specific flora species as well the native fauna that relies on this water dependent habitat. Well here is your chance. To register please contact CE LLS - Huw Evans huw.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au
Posted: 10/23/20

Destination Pagoda Economic Business Report

New economic research by Dr Jo Mackellar has demonstrated that Lithgow will gain significant job and economic benefits if a new state conservation area were created on its doorstep. The report, commissioned by the Gardens of Stone Alliance, assessed the potential visitors to a planned Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area and the economic contribution of those visitors to the local region. The research identified the community benefits to Lithgow from the new reserve.



Posted: 9/19/2020.

Mt Piper Meeting Notes 7-9-20

EnergyAustralia Lithgow Region Community Consultative Committee.Was formed in 2018 following updated requirements of the Department of Planning and Environment, and continues the information and idea sharing of our previous Community Reference Group. The EnergyAustralia Lithgow Regional Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meets quarterly, usually at our Mt Piper Power Station to discuss major projects affecting our assets (including Wallerawang Power Station and Pine Dale Mine) and to assist in building relations with the local community. Membership of the group includes representatives of: Environmental Groups, Lithgow City Council, Community Groups, and Local Residents. https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/EA%20Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%20070920_Final.pdf
Posted: 9/7/2020.

Mt Piper Meeting Notes 1-6-20

EnergyAustralia Lithgow Region Community Consultative Committee.Was formed in 2018 following updated requirements of the Department of Planning and Environment, and continues the information and idea sharing of our previous Community Reference Group. The EnergyAustralia Lithgow Regional Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meets quarterly, usually at our Mt Piper Power Station to discuss major projects affecting our assets (including Wallerawang Power Station and Pine Dale Mine) and to assist in building relations with the local community. Membership of the group includes representatives of: Environmental Groups, Lithgow City Council, Community Groups, Local Residents https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2020-06/EA%20Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%2020200601_Final.pdf
Posted: 6/1/2020.

Leg Submission -Angus Place April 2020

Read the submission here...
Posted: 4/26/2020.

Mt Piper Meeting Notes 2-3-20

EnergyAustralia Lithgow Region Community Consultative Committee.Was formed in 2018 following updated requirements of the Department of Planning and Environment, and continues the information and idea sharing of our previous Community Reference Group. The EnergyAustralia Lithgow Regional Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meets quarterly, usually at our Mt Piper Power Station to discuss major projects affecting our assets (including Wallerawang Power Station and Pine Dale Mine) and to assist in building relations with the local community. Membership of the group includes representatives of: Environmental Groups, Lithgow City Council, Community Groups, Local Residents www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/EA%20Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%2020200302_Final.pdf.
Posted: 3/2/2020.