Have your say on Delta Coal’s Chain Valley Colliery Consolidation

We’re no longer accepting submissions via our website, but you can still make a submission via the NSW Government’s Major Projects Portal until 11.59pm Friday 16 December.

Just visit the page for the Chain Valley Colliery Consolidation Project (application number SSD-17017460) here, click ‘make a submission,’ and follow the prompts.

You can still use our FAQs to help write your submission.

Until Friday, 16th December you can make a submission on Delta Coal’s plans to consolidate two of their mines at Lake Macquarie, which would produce another 9.5 MILLION tonnes of coal.

EJA is making a submission on behalf of our client the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. 

To assist with NCC’s submission and to ensure that the Project undergoes a proper environmental impact assessment, we engaged an expert to provide his expert opinion on some of the environmental impacts of the Project. You can read our expert’s full report here.

We’ve also included some of the findings of our expert below and in our FAQs. 

If you’d like more guidance on making a submission, RSVP to the community briefing at 7PM AEDT on Monday, 12th December.

You can use our submission tool below to draft your submission and EJA can submit it on your behalf.  

We’ve included information and examples with the questions below to help guide you through the process to create a submission about Delta’s Chain Valley Colliery Consolidation Project (application number SSD-17017460). 

Your submission will have the most impact if it’s unique and highlights the things that are important to you, so please take a few moments to write your concerns in your own words. 

The Department will only consider “substantially different” submissions. This means that while submissions can make similar points, they must be written differently; not copied and pasted multiple times.  

Submissions close on the 16th of December. If you have any questions or would like support, you can contact us at [email protected]. 


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 environment.

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