|Friday, 25 February 2005. 10:11 (AEDT)
Open cut mine plan for Camberwell
The owner of the Glennies Creek colliery near Singleton, in the Upper Hunter Valley, has revealed plans to develop an open cut mine at Camberwell not far from its current underground operation.
Glennies Creek coal management wants to develop the relatively small 100 hectare open cut mine near the former Camberwell north pit to recover about nine million tonnes of coal over a six year period.
Glennies Creek resident and a member of the current community consultative committee, Alan Noble, vehemently opposes the proposal for a new 24-hour open cut mining operation less than two kilometres from his home.
"When Camberwell mine mined where this Glennies Creek is going to mine up to, the blasting shook my house and at night the noise was just like a DC9 going up and down my lawn," he said.
Preliminary environmental studies have commenced at the site and should be complete by May, when the company plans to lodge a development application with the NSW Government.