the community newsletter
of illawarra Coal, BhP Billiton
inside this aBoVe: the illawarra Coal CPP has provided funding to lifeline macarthur for its next telephone Counsellor training Course.
illawarra Coal Community
2 wollonDilly BaSS
CluB ContinueS riVer
PartnerShiPS Program SuPPortS
3 longwall 409 to
CommenCe in may LifeLine macarthur haS been given a booSt with funding from
4 illawarra Coal BringS the iLLawarra coaL community partnerShipS program (cpp).
nSw Premier league to
the CPP has awarded $38,000 to lifeline the telephone Counsellor training Course is
5 longwall mining – the macarthur to help the not-for-profit being conducted for a 22-week period until
hume highway anD organisation conduct its next highly-regarded June 2009.
main Southern railway telephone Counsellor training Course.
6 illawarra Coal the illawarra Coal CPP has donated more than
ProDuCeS information the telephone Counsellor training Course $500,000 to the wollondilly community since
PaCk for wollonDilly is expected to produce 25 new graduates, 2004 and is always keen to receive new project
reSiDentS who will be instrumental in guaranteeing applications that can benefit the communities
that lifeline macarthur’s 24 hour Counselling surrounding our wollondilly operations.
coalition welcome Service continues to be available to the local
Projects from a range of different fields will
welcome to the fourteenth edition of wollondilly and macarthur communities.
illawarra Coal’s Coalition news. inside
be considered, including aged care, education
you will find current information on lifeline macarthur Chief executive officer, and youth, health and medical services,
the Company’s mining activities in Peter mihajlovic said that illawarra Coal CPP environment and heritage, town recreational
the region in which you live. funding would provide great support for the facilities and arts and cultural projects.
illawarra Coal is committed to local wollondilly and macarthur regions.
bringing you regular information about to be eligible for CPP funding, projects must
the Company’s activities. Coalition “lifeline macarthur is proud to be one of demonstrate:
news is distributed on a quarterly basis. the very few centres that has been able
• Sustainability – continued project life after
if you have any questions about our to maintain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
operations or mining activities, please funding
coverage for its telephone callers since
don’t hesitate to contact us directly inception and has been able to do so only • Partnerships – community ownership of
via our community call Line 1800
102 210 or drop into our community
because of the generosity of such wonderful projects and joint funding
office located in the main street of supporters as illawarra Coal,” Peter said.
appin. it’s open from 9:30am to 2pm
• Innovation – projects that meet needs and
tuesdays and noon to 4pm thursdays. “the Company’s donation of $38,000 will go are not otherwise funded
a very long way to ensuring we have enough
we also hold a regular Community • Broad community benefit and application.
information Spot at Douglas Park hall telephone Counsellors to continue providing our
every third Saturday of the month from
10am to 2pm and every first thursday
much-needed services to the local community
without interruption and hope this will be an
funding applications and further information iSSue 14
can be obtained from Jennifer finlay by
of the month from 12pm to 4pm. ongoing and mutually beneficial relationship.” emailing Jennifer.finlay@BhPBilliton.com or may
lifeline macarthur’s telephone Counselling calling 4255 3313.
Service currently requires 140 volunteers to
ensure the resource is available every hour of
each day of the year.
wollonDilly BaSS CluB
iLLawarra coaL’S partnerShip with the woLLondiLLy baSS cLub (wbc) continueS to aSSiSt
the cLub in itS program of maintaining and improving the upper nepean river.
the wBC recently conducted a river clean up well as provide a friendly club and competition
in the Douglas Park area with 13 members of atmosphere for all its members,” Brett said.
the Club hitting the water at Douglas Park weir
“the work that club members do is on a
in boats, kayaks and canoes to collect rubbish volunteer basis and is supported by illawarra
from around the weir and up-river and down. Coal, and has given the Club a reputation as a
a box trailer completely filled with rubbish group that wants to give back to the river and
was removed from the weir site and river the surrounds that it calls home.”
surrounds, with plenty of bottles, cans and the wollondilly Bass Club is always looking
various containers in the collection. for new members, whether you’re a long-time
recently, the Club has also been actively involved fishing enthusiast, or less experienced and
just starting out.
with the Department of Primary industries and
its ‘fishers for fish habitat’ project. the Club holds regular competitions, fishing
trips, as well as conducting activities and
‘fishers for fish habitat’ is a new project which
projects that enhance the Club’s focus on
recognises the involvement of recreational
improving the health of the river.
fishing clubs in habitat improvement initiatives
and works with clubs to implement programs the Club meets every two months at the
above: members of the wollondilly Bass Club recently that can enhance and protect areas that are Picton Bowling Club and will be holding a
completed a clean up of the weir around the Douglas vital to the survival of freshwater fish. membership night at the Bowling Club on
Park area. thursday 4 June for new members and their
wollondilly Bass Club President, Brett hardey families interested in signing up.
illawarra Coal has entered into a working said the Club’s continued partnership with
partnership with the wBC, which is a catch-and- illawarra Coal has allowed the wBC to for further information about joining the
release fishing club whose members are also strengthen its conservation efforts. wollondilly Bass Club, please contact wBC
engaged in conducting voluntary upper nepean President Brett hardey on 0415 507 361 or at
river management projects. illawarra Coal’s “the help received from illawarra Coal allows us email@example.com. alternatively, check out
involvement aims to help the Club strengthen its to continue our work in maintaining the rubbish the wollondilly Bass Club website at
commitment to improving this waterway. levels along many stretches of the river, as www.basinandlure.org.au/wbc/php
west cliff employees dig deep for bushfire victims
west Cliff employees have rallied together the overall fundraising total was further (aPeSma – Collieries Staff Division) also
to provide some much-needed support for enhanced by a $1,200 donation from the donated $1,000 to west Cliff’s fundraising drive.
the victims of the devastating 2009 Victorian Collieries officials association, and a $3,000
Below: (from left to right): Brian Begley, tony mulhern,
Bushfires. donation from the west Cliff branch of the
warwick anderson, neil gilmore and michael Dent were
Cfmeu. the association of Professional some of the many west Cliff employees who helped
in the wake of the national fundraising drive
engineers, Scientists and managers, australia raise funds for the Victorian Bushfires relief appeal.
for victims, west Cliff employees decided
to organise a bucket collection across the
workforce to make a real difference to the
Bushfires relief appeal.
each of west Cliff’s shifts nominated a
representative, who was responsible for
taking up a bucket collection of funds from their
fellow shift employees across a one week period.
many employees gave generously to the bucket
collection, and at final count, $5,751 was raised
for the Bushfires relief appeal by west Cliff.
this fundraising effort will be matched
through the BhP Billiton matched giving
Program, meaning that a total of $11,502 will
be given to the Bushfires relief appeal on
behalf of west Cliff employees.
illawarra Coal CommenCeS
mining of LongwaLL 409 03
iLLawarra coaL’S appin mine
haS commenced itS mining of
the Company received approval from the nSw
Department of Primary industries for extraction
of the longwall in november 2007, and mining
began in early may.
approval of longwall 409 followed extensive
consultation with key stakeholders, and careful
consideration of all aspects of the application by
the regulatory authorities.
longwall 409 is situated to the west of appin
village and is forecast to provide five months of
premium quality coking coal production.
longwall 409 will help illawarra Coal overcome
a production shortfall resulting from the
Company’s decision not to longwall mine directly
beneath the nepean river in appin area 7.
mining of longwall 409 will help ensure
continuity of supply of premium quality coking
coal to the australian steel industry while
development continues in area 7.
regular updates of mine plans of illawarra Coal’s
mines in the wollondilly area are displayed in the
window of the appin Community office located
at the appin Shops, as well as the Douglas Park
Shops and menangle Shops. above: longwall 409. Previously mined areas longwall 409
bulli Seam operations part 3a update
work is continuing on the preparation of and provided. the Crg also provides the aspects of the Project Description Summary,
illawarra Coal’s environmental assessment Company with the opportunity to address issues including maps detailing mining domains,
(ea) for Part 3a approval from the Department that are of interest or concern to the community. transport and infrastructure considerations will
of Planning for continuation of our Bulli Seam be provided to the Crg at the coming meetings.
the Crg has recently discussed a variety of
operations. issues central to the preparation of the ea, illawarra Coal is continuing to progress a number
Preparing the ea is a requirement of the nSw including the application of mining setbacks of studies for the ea, including noise and air
environmental Planning and assessment act, from significant and sensitive streams, a detailed quality assessments, ecological assessments,
and will address the continued operations of our analysis on geology, and rehabilitation options heritage assessments, traffic assessment, social
appin and west Cliff mines and their associated for damaged features. and economic assessments, geomorphological
operations. the overall preparation of the ea document is stream mapping, groundwater and surface water
approximately 25 per cent complete. the project assessments and subsidence assessments.
as part of the preparation of the ea, illawarra
team has recently finalised the Project Description Submission of the ea to the nSw Department
Coal is engaged in detailed consultation with
Summary, which is a central component of the of Planning is expected in July and, following a
the Bulli Seam operations Project Community ea documentation. this document describes the
reference group (Crg), which is made up government review process, would be placed on
overall project parameters including:
of nine volunteer members from the local public exhibition.
community, two representatives of illawarra Coal • a concise description of the project area;
and has an independent facilitator. • the project application;
• approvals involved with the application;
the Crg was formed to help facilitate • equipment required;
community involvement in the ea and provide • tonnes of coal to be extracted;
a forum where questions can be asked and • all activities involved both underground and
answered and specific information requested on the surface.
illawarra Coal BringS nSw
premier League to dougLaS park
Coalition newSletter may09
dougLaS park primary
SchooL StudentS were
given the opportunity to
poLiSh up their footbaLL
SkiLLS recentLy thankS
to iLLawarra coaL’S
SponSorShip of the youth
SquadS of the woLLongong
community footbaLL cLub.
Senior players from wollongong Community
football Club (wCfC) led a football coaching clinic
for Douglas Park Primary School year 3 students
in march as part of illawarra Coal’s two year
sponsorship deal to provide financial support to the
wCfC youth teams, the wollongong Community
football Club Juniors and illawarra Stingrays.
Students were treated to a show of skills from of sport to further students’ understanding wCfC representatives also held a similar football
wCfC defender alfredo esteves and assistant in other areas of their educations, including coaching clinic for students at our lady help of
coach Balla Conde, who are also international mathematics, health and fitness. Christians Parish School in early may.
representatives, as they participated in a number
of activities designed to help promote the this program is already offered to schools in the if your school would like to participate or you
benefits of healthy living and active participation illawarra region, and illawarra Coal’s sponsorship would like to find out more information, please
through involvement in team sports. of the wCfC has seen the program made contact Community relationships Coordinator,
available to schools in the areas surrounding our Zina ainsworth on 42 553319.
the students enjoyed a session of soccer skill operations in the wollondilly region.
drills and mini football demonstration games
as part of an education program established above: wCfC defender and international representative alfredo esteves helped Douglas Park Primary School students
by wCfC that incorporates the key elements further their soccer skills at a recent soccer coaching clinic sponsored by illawarra Coal.
douglas park community information Spot
illawarra Coal has recently established a for more information about the Community info Below: illawarra Coal has established a Community
Community information Spot in Douglas Park. Spot, please contact illawarra Coal Community information Spot in Douglas Park where Company
representatives are on hand to discuss mining activities
relationships Coordinator Zina ainsworth on in the area.
the Douglas Park Community information
4255 3319 or at Zina.m.ainsworth@BhPBilliton.com
Spot is an illawarra Coal initiative to ensure
a greater company presence for Douglas Park
and other nearby residents to access.
the Douglas Park Community information Spot
is similar to our appin Community office, where
illawarra Coal representatives are on hand
to discuss mining activities in the wollondilly
area, as well as any other community questions
relating to our operations.
the Community information Spot takes place
at the Douglas Park Community hall and will
• Every 3rd Saturday of the month 10am-2pm
• Every 1st Thursday of the month 12pm-4pm.
upcoming dates for the Community information
Spot are thursday 4th June, Saturday 20th June,
thursday 2nd July, and Saturday 18th July.
the hume highway anD
main Southern railway 05
Since our LaSt iSSue of coaLition there haS been Some LocaL the highway
media coverage regarding impactS to the hume highway mitigation works on the highway incorporate
and main Southern raiLway by iLLawarra coaL’S appin mine slotting at intervals along a stretch of about 2
kilometres. these slots were designed by the
operationS, which may have been confuSing or miSLeading. rta and are designed to allow the predicted
it iS hoped that the foLLowing information wiLL heLp to horizontal movements from mining to occur
without impacting the road surface. the slots
cLarify the iSSue. are cut into the road sub-base (beneath the
top layer of pavement) and then filled with
illawarra Coal received approval in november infrastructure integrity.
foam material to act like expansion joints –
2006 to extract four longwalls from appin
to address the identified risk of potential taking up any potential movement caused
mine’s area 7, near Douglas Park and mining
subsidence impacts a series of mitigation from mining. once the slots were cut and
in this area began in 2007 – mining of the first
works has been undertaken (with some work filled, the road was re-filled, and re-surfaced.
two longwalls is now complete.
continuing) on both the hume highway and
in conjunction with the mitigation works,
mining of the third longwall (longwall 703), the railway line as part of an extensive
an extensive system of surveying and real-time
which is scheduled to start in the final quarter programme developed over the last two years.
monitoring has been installed. the real
of this calendar year, will eventually pass
the works have been co-ordinated by the time monitoring system involves fibre-optic
beneath a section of both the hume highway
infrastructure owners in consultation with cable being embedded in the pavement.
and the main Southern railway line in the
illawarra Coal, engineering consultants, this monitoring equipment will keep track of
second quarter of 2010.
geotechnical experts, local Police command, exactly what mining-related movements,
in seeking approval to do this, the Company the nSw Department of Primary industries, if any, are occurring in the road.
sought the views of experts and conducted and other relevant government agencies.
risk assessments to determine whether it was the railway
possible to do so safely, and then planned for below: a series of mitigation works has been undertaken the main Southern railway has been fitted
our mining operations, taking into account on the hume highway and main Southern railway to with expansion switches to accommodate any
all possible risks in terms of public safety and address potential subsidence impacts.
potential horizontal movements due to mining.
the design of the switches is approved by the
australian rail track Corporation, and has been
successfully trialled at mount owen mine in
the upper hunter Valley, and tahmoor Colliery
near Picton. Stress and temperature gauges
have also been fitted to provide additional
safety data. Daily track safety inspections will
also be completed when direct undermining of
the railway begins.
Some key PointS
• While total subsidence of approximately one
metre is anticipated in the area, it will occur
over a broad area and over a period of time.
• It is likely that the changes will be
imperceptible to motorists. mining has
occurred under other roads in the region
and most drivers would be unaware that
they were driving along an area affected by
• Mining beneath roadways, railway lines,
gas pipelines and other infrastructure is
not new. this has been, and is being done,
within australia and throughout different
parts of the world.
• Illawarra Coal is committed to a rigorous and
balanced approach to mine planning, and our
approved mine plans incorporate assessments
of risk and safety in relation to impacts to
natural and man-made surface features.
illawarra Coal ProDuCeS
information PaCk for
illawarra coaL Coalition newSletter
an information pack about illawarra Coal has information packs were delivered to residents in mid-april. if you did not receive an information pack
been distributed to local wollondilly residents. and would like one mailed to you, please contact lauren kinloch on 4255 3534 or at
the information pack features a series of
fact sheets about the Company’s operations,
including employment, illawarra Coal’s history of
mining in the region, as well as the Company’s futu
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publisher: illawarra Coal contact: the editor — Coalition news
editor: rosanne moore
Po Box 514, unanderra nSw 2526
writer: lauren kinloch Phone: 02 4255 3336
fax: 02 4255 3204
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