The Rocky Hill Coal Project will not proceed.

The Project was the result of extensive exploration, geological modelling, mine planning and environmental studies of the Site and surrounding areas.

Below is an outline of the Government process being followed by GRL in seeking approval for the Project.

This process is part of the strict regulatory regime that must be followed to obtain permission to start mining coal and creating jobs in NSW.

 

 

 StatusPhase
 Commenced March 2010 and OngoingExtensive exploration, background and detailed investigations, project planning as well as local and wider community consultation.
 CompletedSubmit Request for Director-General’s Requirements and supporting documentation to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
 CompletedRefer the project to the Commonwealth Government in accordance with the requirements of the EPBC Act 1999.
 CompletedCommonwealth Government determines if the Proposal is a controlled action under the EPBC Act 1999.
 CompletedDepartment of Planning and Infrastructure issues Director-General’s Requirements for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
 CompletedGRL lodge Development Application and EIS with Department of Planning and Infrastructure for acceptance by the Department.
 CompletedDepartment of Planning and Infrastructure places Development Application and EIS on public exhibition.
 CompletedGRL provides responses and clarification of issues arising from the exhibition of the EIS to the Department of Planning and Environment.
 CompletedAssessment phase halted to enable detailed evaluation of new opportunities to change design for improved environmental and social outcomes
 CompletedAgreement reached with Yancoal Australia to enable change to Project design
 CompletedGRL reviews all studies and prepares amended EIS
 CompletedGRL lodge amended Development Application and amended EIS with Department of Planning and Environment
 CompletedDepartment of Planning and Environment places amended Development Application and EIS on public exhibition
 CompletedGRL prepares responses and clarification of issues arising from the exhibition of the EIS to the Department of Planning and Environment.
 CompletedDepartment of Planning and Environment completes its preliminary assessment report
 CompletedAssessment process by Planning Assessment Commission (PAC)
 Completed GRL appeals PAC decision within Land and Environment Court (LEC).

 

 CompletedAssessment process by LEC. In Feb 2019 it handed down a decision refusing the Rocky Hill Coal Mine.