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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The Dept of Planning has supported the expansion of Russell Vale Colliery in its Assessment Report for the Independent Planning Commission (IPC). Not only will Wollongong Coal be mining right under the Special Areas of our water catchment, they want to process coal on the colliery site in Russell Vale. 😱 The next step will be the announcement of a public hearing by the IPC, which is a chance for the community to give its views on the proposed expansion. #BeyondCoal

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Here's the link to the IPC site:

Image: Russell Vale Revised Underground Expansion Project Subtitle: Planning Secretary’s Final Assessment Report, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, 2020, Figure 6 - Russell Vale Surface Site Facilities – Current and Proposed Plant and Infrastructure p. 11 accessed 15/9/20 at
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