Positive step forward for Yancoal’s Stratford coal mine and Alkane Resources’ Dubbo Zirconia project

June 03, 2015

Around 500 jobs could be created in the Upper Hunter thanks to Yancoal’s Stratford coal mine extension receiving approval by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

Pictured: Stratford coal mine near Gloucester, NSW
The PAC found the project will provide many benefits to NSW not only creating 500 direct and indirect jobs, but also generating around $62 million in mining royalties for the state.
Yancoal spokesman James Rickards told NBN TV that if the Stratford coal mine is allowed to begin development after this positive nod from the PAC, it will make a significant contribution to the local community and economy.
“The NSW PAC’s approval for the proposed Stratford extension is a positive step forward for a project with the potential to create up to 250 new jobs within the Gloucester area.
“If developed, the proposed Stratford extension will enable Yancoal to continue to make a valuable financial contribution to the regional economy via employment, our community assistance program and the hiring of contractors and local service providers.”
The project still requires final approval from Commonwealth Department of Environment but this is a promising outcome from the PAC’s assessment.
In further positive NSW mining news, Alkane Resources was also given the green light by the NSW Government for its Dubbo Zirconia project to move on to the next stage towards development. The company can now proceed with applications for the Environmental Protection Licence (EPL), Mining Lease to secure project financing and advance the project into a development phase.
Alkane has been campaigning online for some time, spreading word to the public of the economic benefits the mine will bring to the state through a series of interesting infographics. See the full series online here.

Above: an excerpt from one of Alkane Resources' Infographics
Alkane Managing Director, Mr Ian Chalmers, said approval for the project was the culmination of many years’ of hard work and the Company recognises the significant contribution from employees and consultants, managed by RW Corkery & Co., in the approvals process.
“We recognise there are a number of important steps before construction begins but we are delighted to achieve development consent for the Dubbo Zirconia Project, and are looking forward to taking the next steps towards establishing this globally significant operation,” Mr Chalmers said.
“This project will not only mean a transformation for Alkane, but it will have a significant impact on the region, creating some 300 jobs and strategically important resources exports for Australia.”
It’s been a positive week for NSW Mining which can hopefully continue for further projects stuck in the NSW Planning System such as Drayton and Mount Thorley Warkworth. To make a difference to the 1300 workers please visit voiceformining.com.au and make your submission now.

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