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 Colliery by almost 10 times its current capacity. The proposed new longwalls are just 150m from Cataract Reservoir. But the area above is already riddled with mining through two seams of coal.

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Wollongong Coal is putting together another plan to expand its coal mining in Sydney's Drinking Water Catchment..

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The coal mine that's moving the goal posts six years after the works were due?!?!

Could you write a short objection before Easter?

Wollongong Coal is trying to modify its 2011 Part 3a approval, to change a condition that it was supposed to meet in 2012. The proposal, which is now on exhibition on the Dept of Planning and Environment's Major Projects website, seeks to change the requirement to realign Bellambi Creek. This realignment condition was placed on the 2011 approval to protect downstream properties from flooding and inundation with water borne coal. It was also intended to address the ongoing pollution of Bellambi Creek by the Colliery (illustrated in horrible detail in this video we took a couple of years ago.....)

Could you write a short objection before Easter?

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Bellambi Creek, as it emerges from Russell Vale Colliery, is running black with coal again today in this heavy rain. When is the #EPA NSW going to take this problem seriously and act?

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Just two days to go till #Time2choose massive rally in Sydney. Illawarra people are meeting up on the train.
Join us:

Here is the FB event with all the details:

Train departs Kiama at 9.05, Wollongong at 9.47 am, etc. Meet in last non -quiet carriage.

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Do you want clean air, secure water and cheap renewable energy in NSW? Join thousands of people on the streets to tell politicians it’s time to choose a sustainable future for NSW!

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We are fast running out of time to choose. Let’s join the Massive #Time2Choose Rally in Sydney next month. Who wants to go up together by train? ... See MoreSee Less

Join thousands of us in Sydney on 24 March and tell the NSW Government its #Time2Choose farmland, clean water, clean air and clean energy! RSVP:

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