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Mapping activity

As the holder of exploration licences, Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) is required to undertake activities to increase the understanding of the State’s mineral resources in the areas covered by those licences. The exploration licences do not permit mining activities to be undertaken.

During the next few months, GRL plans to conduct some geological field mapping south west of Gloucester. The activities will be completed in less than one week, will only be undertaken on properties with landowner’s permission and will not involve any surface disturbance.

If you have any questions or concerns, phone 1300 787 127 or contact GRL via www.grlcoal.com.au.

Rocky Hill Coal Project will not proceed

Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) has decided not to pursue its appeal options through the NSW Supreme Court, Court of Appeal.

This means the Rocky Hill Coal Mine will not proceed.

GRL will now carry out further assessment of its current exploration licences in the area.

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For more information contact Kim Sweetnam 0412 162 237.

GRL lodges Notice of Appeal

Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) has filed a Notice of Intention to appeal the Land and Environment Court decision refusing the Rocky Hill Coal Mine. GRL is considering its position and has two months to lodge a formal appeal.

GRL to review Rocky Hill coal mine refusal

The New South Wales Land and Environment Court has determined to refuse the development application for the Rocky Hill Coal Project today.

Gloucester Resources Limited will assess the implications of today’s decision and consider its next steps.

GRL Chief Operating Officer Brian Clifford said he was disappointed that the NSW Land and Environment Court had refused the mining application in circumstances where the application had met all non-discretionary criteria.

Mr Clifford said GRL appealed the Planning and Assessment Commission’s refusal of the project because the extensive environmental assessment of the project over 5 years had concluded that the project could proceed with conditions and met all non-discretionary criteria as set out by the NSW Government.

“The Department of Planning, and the Planning Assessment Commission, both found the project met all non-discretionary criteria, and on this basis GRL felt compelled to pursue the project,” Mr Clifford said.
He thanked the project’s supporters, who had welcomed the opportunity for economic growth in Gloucester.

GRL committed to Rocky Hill project

GRL Responds to Submissions

GRL to relinquish part of exploration licence

The facts about dust and noise

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What will Rocky Hill look like

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Working with the community

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GRL proud supporter of community projects

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Rocky Hill will bring jobs and benefits

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Rocky Hill Coal project now on exhibition

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Positive response to Rocky Hill Coal Project

The majority of visitors to the Rocky Hill Coal Project Information Centre have been very supportive of the project and the jobs it will provide for the area.

GRL chief operating officer Brian Clifford said he and his team had been very encouraged by the positive response to the revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

“We have had greater interest in the project in the past two days that when we previously exhibited the EIS,” Mr Clifford said.

“Only a handful of people have expressed their opposition to the project. Most people who have been to the Information Centre have come to learn more and express support.“

Mr Clifford said quite a few visitors had worked in the mining or resources sectors and were keen for a job with Rocky Hill.

He said GRL had committed to 75% of the Rocky Hill workforce being Gloucester residents by the end of the third year of operation, and to preferencing local suppliers for the project.

He said some people were interested to know about the proposed impacts of dust from the mine.

“We have done extensive testing and monitoring to understand dust and air quality,” Mr Clifford said.

“The first important point to make is this is that the mine will meet all of the very strict health-based criteria outlined by the Environmental Pollution Authority.

“Being a rural area, there is already dust in the air, and our studies show that “project only” dust at surrounding private residences would be well below the health based criteria outlined by the EPA,” Mr Clifford said.

“The maximum predicted dust increase at the nearest neighbours is expected to be less than one fifth of what is currently in the atmosphere.”

The Information Centre at 33 Church St opened on Wednesday for the first time and will be open every Wednesday and Thursday until September 22. People can view documents and talk to the Project team about the proposed plans, and can see a video that shows the views of the proposed mine from a range of vantage points around Gloucester.

The project has undergone a range of amendments following community feedback. They include:

  • No coal handling preparation plant, overland conveyor, rail loop and train load-out facility.
Coal will be taken by sealed, private haul road to an existing processing facilities at the Stratford Mine complex, about 9km from the Rocky Hill site.
  • No night-time mining operations
  • Three open cut pits, one less than previously planned
  • Reduced noise, dust and visual impacts
  • Reduced traffic, with mining equipment entering the site via the Stratford Mining Complex
  • A decrease in maximum annual coal production from 2.5Mt (million tonnes) 2Mt.

Mr Clifford the Environment Protection Authority and other Government agencies had set out strict guidelines for the mine’s operation and GRL would constantly monitor all operations to ensure those criteria were met.

The project will contribute more than $2 million in upgrades to local roads and intersections, including new Jacks Road bridge. Around $6.5M is expected to be donated to a charitable trust over the life of the Rocky Hill Coal Project, generated from 50 cents per tonne of product coal sold. The Community Grants Program will also include provision of university scholarships, trade apprenticeships, enhanced medical services and competency training on mining-related equipment.

The Information Centre will be open from 1pm – 6pm on Wednesdays and 8am – 1pm on Thursdays.

The Amended SSD Application, Revised Environmental Impact Statement and other accompanying documents can be viewed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au or www.rockyhillproject.com.au

Documents can be inspected during office hours at:

Department of Planning and Environment Information Centre:

23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney (until 30 September);

Level 22, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney (from 4 October);

 Mid Coast Council Offices: (until Friday, 14 October)

89 King Street, Gloucester

Breese Parade, Forster

2 Pulteney Street, Taree

6 Church Lane, Stroud (9 am to noon)

Rocky Hill Coal Project information centre opens

An information centre will be opened from Wednesday this week where people can learn more about the Rocky Hill Coal Project.

GRL has established a Project Information Centre where people can view documents and talk to the Project team about the proposed plans. The information centre has been set up at 33 Church Street, Gloucester and will be open two days per week from August 24 to September 22. The Project Team will be available from 1pm to 6pm and on Thursdays from 8am to 1pm.

GRL chief operating officer Brian Clifford said the Rocky Hill Coal Project Environmental Impact statement has been amended following community feedback.

“We have worked diligently over a number of years to understand the impacts to the community and to reduce those impacts,” Mr Clifford said.

“We would now encourage people to come in and talk to us about the changes we have made to improve the project and reduce its impact.”

Mr Clifford said amendments made to reduce noise and visual impacts included:

  • No coal handling preparation plant, overland conveyor, rail loop and train load-out facility.
Coal will be taken by sealed, private haul road to an existing processing facilities at the Stratford Mine complex, about 9km from the Rocky Hill site.
  • No night-time mining operations
  • Three open cut pits, one less than previously planned
  • Reduced noise, dust and visual impacts
  • Reduced traffic, with mining equipment entering the site via the Stratford Mining Complex
  • A decrease in maximum annual coal production from 2.5Mt (million tonnes) 2Mt.

Mr Clifford the Environment Protection Authority and other Government agencies had set out strict guidelines for the mine’s operation and GRL would constantly monitor all operations to ensure those criteria were met.

“Our amended EIS commits us to building amenity barriers, reduce operating hours, using alternate transport and reducing the number of pits to reduce the impacts of this project. We are also commited to completing rehabilitation and ensuing a natural-looking land formation at the completion of the project,” Mr Clifford said.

“At the same time we will build new infrastructure, contribute to community projects and provide jobs and education for local people.”

The proposed mine would have a construction stage lasting about one year which will be followed by about 16 years of coal production. A further 3 years will then be needed to fill the final void and complete the remaining rehabilitation activities so the area is returned to its natural appearance and is agriculturally productive.

The Rocky Hill Coal Project would produce about 13Mt of product coal, the majority of which will be coking coal used in the manufacture of steel. It would employ 60 people during construction, and 110 people when fully operational. GRL has committed to 75% of its workforce to be Gloucester and district residents by the end of the third year of the operation.

The proposed project would contribute more than $2 million in upgrades to local roads and intersections, including new Jacks Road bridge. Around $6.5M is expected to be donated to a charitable trust over the life of the Rocky Hill Coal Project. The Community Grants Program will also include provision of university scholarships, trade apprenticeships, enhanced medical services and competency training on mining-related equipment.

“This project will provide jobs and economic benefits for Gloucester and the surrounding area for decades,” Mr Clifford said.

“As part of this project we will improve roads, build a new Jacks Road Bridge, and contribute significant money to a charitable trust to be used for local projects, education and skills development.”

The Amended SSD Application, Revised Environmental Impact Statement and other accompanying documents can be viewed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au or www.rockyhillproject.com.au.

 

Rocky Hill Coal Project now on exhibition

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the amended Rocky Hill Coal Project is now on exhibition. People will be able to view the EIS and make submissions until October 14, 2016.

As part of GRL’s commitment to keeping people informed about the project, and to ensure people can have their questions about the proposal answered, an Information Centre will open in Gloucester two days a week from August 24. The GRL Project Team will be at the Information Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays to talk to you about the project and answer any questions you might have.

At the Information Centre you will be able to:

  • View the EIS documents and collect an EIS Summary
  • See a 3D modelling video, a series of view sequence photographs and a range of plans
  • Talk to the GRL Project Team about the project

View the EIS documentation here

Amended Rocky Hill Coal Project EIS submitted

Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) has today submitted its amended Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rocky Hill Coal Project to the Department of Planning and Environment for its initial review.

GRL chief operating officer Brian Clifford said the submission of the EIS follows more than six months of extensive additional studies and consultation regarding the impacts of changes made to the project’s design.

The project will no longer have its own coal handling preparation plant, overland conveyor or rail siding. Instead, high quality coking coal will be trucked via a private haul road on private land to the neighbouring Yancoal Australia mining complex at Stratford. There will be no night time mining operations.

The NSW Government (Department of Planning and Environment) will review the documents before determining when and for how long the EIS will go on public exhibition.

After exhibition, the detailed assessment phase will occur with the ultimate decision to approve or reject the application being made by the Minister for Planning or the Planning Assessment Commission.

Mr Clifford said when the EIS is approved for exhibition GRL will open an information centre in Gloucester for local residents to be able to view the documents and other material and to ask questions.

“We want the Government and community to be able to make an informed decision about the amended project,” Mr Clifford said.

“We have made important changes to the project to reduce impacts while bringing much needed jobs for some 20 years and local community infrastructure to Gloucester,” he said.

More information will be available at www.rockyhillproject.com.au once the timing for exhibition is announced.

Reduced hours of operation proposed for Rocky Hill

GRL has announced that it will reduce the planned hours of operations for its proposed Rocky Hill Coal Project near Gloucester, including a commitment to no night-time activities.

Chief operating officer Brian Clifford said mining will only occur in daytime period (7am to 6pm) during the first three years of operation. Mining will occur during the daytime and evening periods (7am to 10pm) in subsequent years. Coal transportation to the Stratford Mining Complex via the sealed private haul road will be restricted to between 7am and 6pm for the life of the mine. There will be no mining on or coal transportation on Sundays or public holidays.

Previously, planned hours of operation were 7am to 10pm during year one of mining, extending at a reduced intensity from 10pm until 4am in subsequent years. Conveyor operations and coal despatch by rail could have occurred at any time, day or night.

Mr Clifford said the change to hours was made by GRL in response to community feedback received during consultation for the Project’s amended Environmental Impact Assessment which is currently in preparation.

He said all specialist studies reflecting this refinement will be completed by the end of May which will enable GRL to submit the amended EIS to the Department of Planning and Environment by the end of June 2016.

GRL announced a change in the Project design in December after reaching agreement with Yancoal Australia Limited for the processing and despatch of Rocky Hill coal from Yancoal’s Stratford Mining Complex.

“The removal of one open cut pit, the coal handling preparation plant, the overland  conveyor and train loading facility will reduce environmental and community impacts,” Mr Clifford said.

“The change in hours is another way we are responding to minimise community impacts,” he said.

“The Rocky Hill Project will bring jobs and investment to benefit Gloucester people in an environmentally responsible and community-focussed way.”

March 2016 – Key Insights undertaking revised Social Impact Assessment

Key Insights is revising the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) for the Project because of the changes to the project design. Key Insights is the independent company GRL engaged to conduct extensive community consultation and produce the original SIA.

Key SIA researcher Ellen Davis-Meehan is currently consulting with Community Consultative Committee members as well as contacting people and organisations that were consulted last time and other interested parties.

ALL PREVIOUS CONSULTATIONS WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD AND REFERENCED IN THE REVISED SIA.

If you or your organisation would like to comment further given the AMENDED proposal please e-mail Key Insights at edm@keyinsights.com.au before Friday April 22.

December 2015 – Change to project design. New EIS to be submitted by mid 2016

The Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement for the Rocky Hill Coal Project (RHCP), proposed by GRL, will be amended and resubmitted following a change in the project design.

GRL has reached an agreement with Yancoal to use facilities at Yancoal’s Stratford Mine to process and despatch any future ROM coal from the Rocky Hill mine.

We are proposing to transfer coal from its mine to the Stratford Mine via a private haul road where it will be stockpiled, treated in the coal preparation plant and loaded on to rail for transport to the Port of Newcastle. This means that the Rocky Hill Coal Project will no longer require its own wash plant, overland conveyor, rail loop or train loader.

We’ll now commence further studies and carry out consultation in the new year to prepare an amended Environmental Impact Statement for submission to the Department of Planning and Environment in mid-2016.

GRL has listened to the concerns expressed by the community and is confident that the changes will contribute to enhanced environmental and community outcomes for the project.

We remain committed to the Rocky Hill Coal Project which will bring much needed investment and jobs to Gloucester.

We’ll continue to keep the community informed on the progress of the revised application.

For information regarding GRL’s exploration activities please visit www.grlcoal.com.au.

Media Release: Cattle and coal the formula for shared success

Latest case study shows mining and farming successfully working together.

A property successfully producing Wagyu and Angus beef is operating right next door to BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal near Muswellbrook, the state’s largest open cut coal mine.

It is the latest example in a series of case studies showing that mining and farming are able to work together in NSW. Cattleman Trevor Petith talks about the working relationship he has with Mt Arthur Coal from his perspective and why he believes mining and farming can both thrive.

“We’ve been here 7 years and it’s been 7 productive years of farming,” Trevor Petith said.

In that time Trevor and his wife Narelle have successfully bred Wagyu bulls with Angus cows to create an F1 crossbreed. A quality product, the beef is now sold through a premium broker to some of the finest restaurants in Australia and around the world.

Trevor believes the working relationship he has with Mt Arthur is a positive one. Having spent his entire life as a farmer, Trevor says mining is as important to Australia’s future as farming.

“We work well together. We’re quite close to the mine, but we don’t have any problems. For our state and country, we need the mining industry… they bring a lot of employment to this area.”

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said Trevor’s story debunked myths about mining.

“This is a great example of how mining and farming can co-exist and demonstrates that productive agricultural practices can occur right next door to large mining operations.

“Mining has coexisted with agriculture in NSW for over 200 years and will continue to do so. We know that mining has an impact and we work hard to manage this impact, because a strong working relationship between these key industries is the only way to ensure regional NSW continues to grow and prosper.”

To learn more about Trevor’s story go to www.worldclassminers.com.au

Contact: Lindsay Hermes | lhermes@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734. 

 NSW Minerals Council | PO BOX H367, Australia Square 1215 | Ph: (61-2) 9274 1400 | www.nswmin.com.au | @NSWMC 

Supporting the local hospital

Local people using Gloucester Hospital will benefit from a $10,000 donation from the directors of GRL.

The donation was made with no strings attached and the hospital has issued a list of items purchased with the donation.

The Hospital’s Executive Officer, Peter Barber, says the contribution was very much appreciated and has been used to target areas of immediate need.

Among the items purchased were two medication/procedural trolleys valued at nearly $4000 each.

A mobile finger oximeter probe and a glucometer unit were also added to the hospital’s inventory of equipment with the money left over used to purchase five flat screen televisions for use by recovering patients.

Mr Barber said the new equipment would be used every day to improve
the experience of patients in their
care.

This donation is over and above the Community Grants scheme announced earlier this year.

Media Release: New Agreement Secures Dairy Future In Gloucester

An agreement has been reached between Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) and the Speldon Partnership will allow the dairying industry to prosper and grow in the region.

The agreement, which took 2 years to negotiate, will see the Maslen Family stay on the land and continue to operate and manage their dairying business well into the future.

The family will have access to neighbouring properties owned by GRL to expand the dairy operation’s footprint by more than 50% and funds from the sale of their existing property will be invested in new equipment and technologies.

The Maslen Family has been farming in the Gloucester Shire for more than 75 years and believes this plan will allow their business to stay at the forefront of dairying best practice and continue to grow.

GRL CEO Grant Polwarth welcomes the agreement and says both parties believe that the proposed Rocky Hill Coal Mine and agriculture can successfully operate side by side.

“Rocky Hill represents about one quarter of our land holdings in the Gloucester District.”

“It is our intention that any land owned by GRL, which is not part of proposed mining activities will be farmed,” say Mr Polwarth.

“The Maslen Family are well respected and acknowledged leaders in the dairy industry and operate a number of related businesses in Gloucester which provide important services to the community.”

“We believe this is a win-win for both parties and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial association.”

For further information please contact John Church – Churchcomm 0249615677

Media Release: Gloucester Resources Supports Local Hospital

The Directors of Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) have donated $10,000 to Gloucester Hospital.

The donation was made with no strings attached and the hospital has issued a list of items purchased with the donation.

The Hospital’s Executive Officer, Peter Barber says the contribution was very much appreciated and has been used to target areas of immediate need.

Among the items purchased are 2 medication/procedural trolleys valued at nearly $4000 each.

A mobile finger oximeter probe and a glucometer unit were also added to the hospital’s inventory of equipment with the money left over used to purchase five flat screen televisions for use by recovering patients.

Mr Barber said the new equipment would be used every day to improve the experience of patients in their care.

GRL CEO, Grant Polwarth attended Gloucester Hospital today to hand over the new equipment.

He says this donation is over and above the community grants scheme announced earlier this year.

The grants program will be linked to production if the Rocky Hill Coal Project gains Government approval.

 

For further information please contact John Church- Churchcomm  49615677  0414 294944

Media Release – GRL Announces Generous Community Grants Program

Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) has today announced details of its proposed community grants program for the Gloucester area, which will provide direct and indirect benefits during and beyond the life of the mine.

The Company has confirmed that a special fund will be established to support initiatives and activities within the community as announced in the recent GRL Newsletter.

The Company’s annual donation to the fund will be at the rate of 50 cents per tonne of product coal sold from the Company’s proposed Rocky Hill Coal project.

At full production capacity this would equate to $875,000 each year.

In addition to the production related grant, should the Project be approved GRL will also:

  • Sponsor up to 3 tertiary education scholarships annually in fields such as mining, engineering, agriculture and environmental science;
  • Assist the provision of enhanced medical services and facilities to the local area. The details of this assistance package will be determined in consultation with local health professionals;
  • Provide trade apprenticeships for local youth at the Rocky Hill Coal Project;
  • Provide competency training and certification on mining related equipment to assist local men and women gain employment in mining or other related fields; and
  • Provide local training and employment for local people through our farming enterprises.

Details of the structure of the fund and its administration will be determined over the next few months in consultation with Council and the community, with the Company’s key objective being funding of initiatives that are considered important to the community as a whole.

Over the same period, the Company will establish a register of local people who express an interest in obtaining employment on the Project. It is expected that the Rocky Hill Coal Project will generate up to 100 jobs during the construction phase and up to 150 jobs when operational.

For further information please contact John Church- Churchcomm 49615677 0414 294944

Media Release: GRL to Relinquish Exploration Areas Near Gloucester

Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) announced today its plans to voluntarily relinquish more than a third of its exploration licence area which currently bounds Gloucester.

The company says it wants to create a non-mining buffer around the existing township and protect the scenic attributes of the Gloucester Buckets ranges and associated flatlands and river systems.

CEO Grant Polwarth says the relinquishment proposal has been carefully considered and comes after detailed study and evaluation.

“GRL has looked at the social, environmental and geological considerations and believe this plan answers many of the local community’s concerns.”

The plan involves the release of 1966 hectares from the company’s current exploration licence. This represents 36 % of the current EL area.

The plan also protects the high value coking coal in the Gloucester basin identified by GRL during its exploration program of the past two years.

In February 2012, the company lodged an application for Director-General’s requirements for approval to establish a small, open-cut mine known as the Rocky Hill Coal Project, 3.5 to 7 kilometres from Gloucester.

A social impact assessment is currently underway with residents about to receive a survey to help gauge community perceptions of the project.

Click here to review the relinquishment area.

For further information please contact John Church, Churchcomm 0249 615677 0414 294944