Mining under our water catchment?

Illawarra Residents say


to Wollongong Coal’s expansion project

About IRRM

Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining is a community group that formed in 2011 to oppose the expansion of the Gujarat NRE No. 1 Colliery in Russell Vale (now named Wollongong Coal Ltd’s Russell Vale Colliery) in NSW, Australia.  We advocate for responsibility in mining, mining which puts the health and well-being of ordinary people and of the environment ahead of corporate mining interests.

About Wollongong Coal

Wollongong Coal wants to expand coal mining in our drinking water catchment, but the company has a record of financial weakness, technical incapacity and frequent breaches of the conditions of its mining licence.

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About the expansion

Wollongong Coal plans to expand the Russell Vale mine, mining a third seam of coal beneath two previously mined coal seams up to the shores of the Cataract Reservoir. The area above this mining is unstable, riddled with – and still moving as a result of – previous mining.  And while in recent times coal was trucked out of the Russell Vale Colliery, Wollongong Coal now plans to process the coal on site in the densely populated residential area.

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Thanks Sydney Knitting Nannas And Friends for sharing this on the anniversary of the Aberfan disaster. IRRM has ongoing concerns about Wollongong Coal's Russell Vale slag heap following a failure of governance from successive state and local governments.Anyone remember this coal mining disaster?


And now they will go, wandering
Away from cold, black earth
The clean, white children
Holy as the Easter Rose
Away from the empty, slag-filled desks
Away from the imprisoned spring
That opened its mouth to breathe air
And moved a black mountain to find it
So, away they shall go, the children
Wandering, wondering
More loved, more wanted than ever.
I don't burn coal anymore.

"Seconds after it hit, Cyril Vaughan, a teacher at the neighbouring senior school, said “everything was so quiet”. As if nature had realised that a tremendous mistake had been made and nature was speechless.”
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