Narrabri Mine

The Narrabri Underground Mine is located approximately 30km south-east of Narrabri, and 10km north-west of Baan Baa. The mine has been operating successfully since 2012 and employs around 250 people who live locally. As one of the most productive underground mines in Australia, Narrabri is currently approved to produce 11 million tonnes per annum of high quality thermal coal until 2031.

Narrabri Underground Mine Stage 3 Extension Project

Technological advancements have enabled us to better understand the area and the coal resource. We are also now able to more efficiently extract coal, and it is in this context that we are applying for an extension of the existing mine. The proposal seeks to extract coal to the south of the current mine within the existing Exploration Licence area, and via the established surface infrastructure, using the existing coal handling preparation plant, rail loop, box cut and offices.

Under the proposal, we will continue extracting coal via the underground longwall mining method already being successfully used at the mine, and we are seeking to increase the mine’s production from 11Mtpa to 13Mtpa. This will extend the life of the mine from 2031 to 2045, providing continued employment for hundreds of local people.

Community engagement

We’re committed to ensuring the project meets all required approvals, which includes making sure our project and approach align with local community expectations. We do this through meaningful and transparent dialogue with stakeholders, and listening to, and understanding, any concerns and issues as they arise through interactions with landholders, community information drop-in sessions and information mail outs. We’ll continue to work with a growing cross-section of groups and individuals, using a variety of tools and approaches, as the project progresses.

The proposal must go through an extensive State and Federal Government approval process. We anticipate lodging an Environmental Impact Statement with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment in early 2020. Find more information here.

Social Impact Assessment

A social impact assessment is being undertaken to identify and assess the potential social impacts of the Extension Project. You can read more about social impact assessments on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

A number of engagement activities for the social impact assessment are being planned for July-December 2019 to ensure all stakeholders have the opportunity to provide input. One of these activities is a survey developed to gather information from community members, landholders, business owners and service providers in the Narrabri and Gunnedah Local Government Areas. The purpose of the survey is to give you the opportunity to have a say on how the Extension Project could potentially affect you and your community – both positive and negative.

You can access the survey online or collect and complete a hard copy:

  • Complete the survey online at here; or
  • Collect a printed version at the locations below, and post or email your completed survey to australia@cdmsmith.com or Narrabri Coal Operations, Narrabri Coal Project SIA, PO Box 359, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006.

The survey is open for a four-week period – 25 July 2019 to 22 August 2019.

Location Address Opening Hours
Narrabri Coal Mine 10 Kurrajong Creek Road, Baan Baa NSW 2390 Mon-Fri: 7.00am to 4.00pm
Whitehaven Coal Gunnedah Office 231 Conadilly Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380 Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Narrabri Library 8 Doyle Street, Narrabri NSW 2390 Mon-Fri: 9.30am to 5.00pm
Sat: 9.30am to 12.00pm
Boggabri Library 82 Wee Waa Street, Boggabri NSW 2382 Tues and Fri: 10:30am to 4:30pm (closed 12:30pm – 1:30pm), Sat: 9.30am to 12.00pm