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About Whitehaven Coal

Whitehaven Coal is Australia’s largest independent coal producer and the leading coal producer in North West New South Wales.

We currently operate five mines in North West NSW; four open cut mines at Maules Creek, Tarrawonga, Werris Creek and Sunnyside and one underground mine at Narrabri. These sites produce thermal and metallurgical coal bound primarily for export markets in North and South Asia.

Our overall workforce is more than 2,000 strong, with around 75 per cent of our employees living in the local communities around where our operations are based.

Whitehaven strives for operational excellence and in 2016 was awarded the NSW Minerals Council Mining Operation of the Year.

Economic Contribution

Whitehaven Coal has contributed around $1 billion to the North West NSW region since 2012.

Around one-third of our employees currently live in the Gunnedah Shire, where around $50 million in wages are paid each year – money that stays in the local community and helps support local businesses.

Supporting Local Communities

As a big part of the local community and the largest employer in the region, Whitehaven is proud of its long-standing community links in North West NSW.

We worked with more than 350 local businesses and suppliers last year, committed more than $3.5 million to local infrastructure and services upgrades and last year made 90 annual charitable grants, donations and sponsorships to community groups.

Indigenous Employment

Whitehaven believes in helping local communities grow and ensuring that benefits flowing from our operations accrue locally. This is especially the case when it comes to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As part of the Maules Creek employee recruitment process, Whitehaven adopted a policy to grow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the workforce.

Whitehaven’s Coal’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy has been recognised by the NSW Minerals Council, being named winner in the Community Excellence in Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise Development category at the NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference 2016.

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Whitehaven is committed to safe, responsible and sustainable environmental management across all aspects of our operations.

We are mindful of the impact of our operations on the environment and surrounding communities and undergo extensive assessments for water surface, groundwater, flood impact, flora and fauna, aboriginal cultural heritage, historical heritage, air quality, agriculture and geochemistry impacts.

Across our operations Whitehaven mines only about 2 per cent of the land we own. Nearly 30,000 hectares of Whitehaven land is currently for agricultural purposes and a further 20,000 hectares is designated as conservation areas in perpetuity.

High Quality Coal and Carbon Emissions

Coal, especially the high quality coal that Whitehaven produces, has been the fastest growing energy source over the last ten years and global demand continues to rise, especially in South East Asia. This trend to new, more efficient coal fired generation in the Asia-Pacific is critical to Australia’s role as a key energy exporter, and high quality Australian coal is ideally suited to help bring about a lower emissions future, today.

Whitehaven mines some of the best quality coal in the world, high in energy and low in ash, sulphur and other impurities. Our coal assists key customers, such as the Governments of Japan and Korea, reduce their carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent.

Future Planning – Vickery

The Vickery Extension Project is a proposed extension to the fully-approved Vickery Coal Project located approximately 25 kilometres north of Gunnedah in New South Wales, on a mine site that ceased production in 1998.

Vickery has the potential to become Whitehaven’s third major mine in Northwest New South Wales when it is developed and create up to 500 new jobs. The extension project will be the subject of further detailed technical and environmental assessment.