There are a number of ways the Rocky Hill Coal Project Team is providing the community and regulators with the latest information about its proposal.

Please see the news page for the latest information on the Project. You are always welcome to contact us for more information.

A newsletter will be produced intermittently and distributed to all Gloucester  residents. Copies will also available on this website.

Community Consultative Committee (CCC)

The Gloucester Exploration Project Community Consultative Committee (CCC) was formed in February 2007 as a condition of GRL’s exploration licences.

The role of the CCC is to provide a forum for open discussion between GRL, Government agencies and community and council representatives, as well as a conduit for improved communication and notification with the general community. This CCC also currently acts as a CCC for the Rocky Hill Coal Project.

Information on GRL’s exploration activities can be found at:

Download Committee Charter (PDF).

The CCC generally meets every two months and meetings are chaired by an independent Government appointed person. You may contact the Committee by emailing The Independent Chair, Ms Lisa Andrews.

For a list of CCC members click here.

For minutes of past CCC meetings click here.

Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

Experienced, independent Hunter firm, Key Insights Pty Ltd  conducted an extensive Social Impact Assessment (SIA) of the Rocky Hill Coal Project in 2012/13. This helped the Project team understand and respond to genuine community issues in the design of the Project and formed part of the original Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The original SIA was undertaken with reference to the former Gloucester Shire Council’s Consideration of Exploration and Mining Applications – A new Approach and involved analysis of socio-economic data as well as qualitative research with local organisations and people across a range of issues including health, social infrastructure, housing, community sense of place, social cohesion and employment.

 Key Insights has updated this study as part of the amended EIS.

The Rocky Hill Coal Project will provide local businesses and the people of Gloucester and surrounds with economic benefits, both during and after the mine ceases to operate, including:

  • up to 60 FTE construction jobs and 110 FTE jobs at full production as well as training and trades and tertiary educational opportunities for local people.
  • direct local spending by employees  with a local flow on benefit.
  • in excess of $5.6M in additional rates revenue to Council, approximately $200M to NSW Government in royalties and taxes, and $150 to the Commonwealth Government in taxes over the life of the project.
  • more than $2M in road improvements including a new, safer two-lane Jacks Road bridge.

GRL has also committed to a generous Community Grants Program if the mine goes ahead. GRL will donate 50 cents/tonne of product coal sold from Rocky Hill Coal Project to a charitable trust. This is expected to generate approximately $6.5M in total to be spent on local initiatives determined by the community.