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Community Briefing: Delta’s plans to mine more coal

Join our webinar and help make sure local communities get a proper say on Delta’s plans to mine another 9.5 million tonnes of coal from beneath Lake Macquarie.

As it stands, local communities have just a few weeks to have a say on Delta’s proposal. But communities should be able to thoroughly participate in this process – with more than one chance to voice their concerns about health impacts and the environment.

If 50 of us lodge a written objection, Delta’s plans will have to be scrutinised by the Independent Planning Commission. This means communities can engage fully with the process and demand that our health and our environment are put before Delta’s profits.

We’re working with an expert to comb through the environmental and health risks of Delta’s proposal and we’ll hold an online community briefing once we have the findings.

Come along to our webinar on Monday 12 December to learn about Delta’s plans, the impacts on our communities, and how to write a submission to ensure communities get a proper say on plans that affect them.

WHAT: EJA lawyer, Jocelyn McGarity, will explain the issue and walk you through writing an impactful submission.

WHEN: Monday 12 December, 7:00-8:00pm AEDT (6:30-7:30PM ACDT | 6:00-7:00PM AEST | 5:30-6:30 ACST | 4:00-5:00PM AWST)

WHERE: Online, via Zoom. RSVP to receive a link.

RSVP to the briefing on Delta Coal's mine expansion

 

BACKGROUND

Delta Coal has submitted its proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment, which if approved would enable it to mine an extra 9.5 million tonnes of coal from beneath Lake Macquarie up until 2029 – and right now there’s a critical opportunity to ensure our communities have a say against their proposal.

We know that mines like Delta’s Chain Valley Colliery and Mannering Colliery have impacts on air quality by releasing dangerous particle pollution, fuel greenhouse gases that turbocharge climate change and risk degrading water quality in our catchments by releasing heavy metals. Because Delta’s plans involve mining underneath Lake Macquarie, they can also cause up to 780mm of sinking underneath areas of the Lake.

Air quality is already a very real concern in the community around Lake Macquarie as the coal from Chain Valley and Mannering mines is burned at Vales Point Power Station, which generates secondary air pollution that causes health impacts for our local community – kids with asthma, babies born with low birthweight and elderly people suffering chronic lung conditions.

Cumulatively, the impacts from Delta’s mines pose a serious threat to human health and the health of our environment. 

We should all have a say about what happens to our local air, water and land.

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