Member or Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed a move by Whitehaven Coal to excise a portion of land known as ‘Blue Vale’ from the Environmental Impact Statement for its Vickery Extension Project.


Mr Anderson said the move by Whitehaven shows that the views of the community have been heard loud and clear.


“Residents have raised concerns both with Whitehaven and with me over the proximity of Blue Vale to the Namoi River and I am pleased to see that those concerns have been taken into account when making this decision,” Mr Anderson said.


“We continually talk about getting the balance right and in this circumstance I believe Whitehaven have taken reasonable steps to ensure they are in tune with the sentiment of our local community.


Mr Anderson said he expects Whitehaven will submit the Environmental Impact Statement to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment early next year.


“It is no secret that Gunnedah benefits greatly from the mining and agricultural sectors. Is approved, the expansion of Vickery is expected to create 500 jobs during construction and 450 jobs during operations which means more opportunities for our local workforce.”


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