Fact Sheets

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Water Management

KEPCO Bylong Australia is committed to working sustainably and with respect for the communities and environments in which it operates. The Bylong Coal Project will implement a water management system which aims to avoid the requirement to release mine-affected water into the receiving environment, and limit the requirement of the mine to extract from local fresh water sources. The system will enable the optimal collection, use, recovery and recycling of water within the project boundary and will maximise the diversion of clean water around mining operations, thereby protecting receiving waters.

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Stakeholder & Community Engagement

KEPCO Bylong Australia is committed to actively seeking community feedback on the Bylong Coal Project, and implementing engagement mechanisms which ensure that stakeholders and the community feel heard and respected.

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KEPCO in the Community

The Bylong Coal Project is committed to creating long-term social and economic benefits for the region, including through supporting worthwhile community projects and programs.  Our focus is on supporting initiatives that directly benefit the local community.

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Approvals Process

Exploration work for the Bylong Coal Project (the Project) has defined a mineable coal resource within Authorisations (A) 287 and A342.  KEPCO Bylong Australia is seeking development consent for a State Significant Development under the New South Wales Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The Project also requires Australian Government approval after being deemed a ‘controlled action’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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Ilford to Bylong Electricity Transmission Line Upgrade

In parallel with the proposed Bylong Coal Project, KEPCO Bylong Australia is proposing an upgrade of the electricity transmission line between Ilford and the Bylong Valley. The proposed upgrade will replace much of the existing 66 kilovolt transmission lines to increase capacity to supply electricity to the Bylong Coal Project. The upgrade will also provide long-term benefits for the local area including improved performance and reliability for all residents and businesses connected to the electricity network.

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Planning Assessment Commission Review

The Minister for Planning has requested that the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission review and hold a public hearing into the Bylong Coal Project proposed by KEPCO Bylong Australia. 

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Tarwyn Park Farm Complex

KEPCO Bylong Australia (KEPCO) recognises the significance of historic heritage in the Bylong Valley, and is committed to minimising potential impacts of the Bylong Coal Project (the Project) to the cultural and historical values of the locality and the region. KEPCO has designed the Project to avoid and minimise direct impacts to local heritage wherever possible. The Tarwyn Park Farm Complex including homestead and horse stables will remain. A Historic Heritage Management Plan and Conservation Management Plan is being developed to guide the management of the Tarwyn Park Farm Complex.

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Supplying the Bylong Coal Project

KEPCO is focused on achieving an efficient supply chain while maximising economic growth of the region by affording local businesses the opportunity to grow and build their capacity to service the Bylong Coal Project. Where it is reasonable, lawful and economically practical, KEPCO and its contractors will source professional and contract labour from within the Project’s region, New South Wales and Australia. KEPCO has a Local Content Policy and is preparing a Local Content Strategy to facilitate the engagement of local employees and suppliers.

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Project overview

KEPCO Bylong Australia proposes to develop the Bylong Coal Project located approximately 55km north-east of Mudgee and 53km west of Denman. Exploration work to date has defined a mineable coal resource and KEPCO is now seeking development consent under the New South Wales Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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Former Upper Bylong Catholic Church and Cemetery

The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst ceased using the former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Cemetery at Upper Bylong in 2000 and in 2008 sold the site to an adjoining private landholder. That owner sold their land (including the former church building and cemetery site) in 2010 to a pastoral company. The pastoral company (including its landholdings) was subsequently purchased by KEPCO Bylong Australia (KEPCO) in 2014. As the former church building and cemetery are within the footprint of the proposed Bylong Coal Project (the Project), the building will need to be removed and the graves relocated should the Project’s Development Application be approved. KEPCO has, and will continue to maintain the grounds of the cemetery until the approvals are granted.

 

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Traffic and transport

The proposed transport routes for the Bylong Coal Project (the Project) have been defined as part of the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and feasibility studies in close consultation with the Mid-Western Regional Council, with the aim of minimising impacts to the local community and general public. The level of Project-related traffic will vary depending on the project phase, with peak movements expected during project construction. KEPCO Bylong Australia will implement traffic management plans to facilitate the safe and efficient management of Project-related traffic throughout the construction and operational phases of the Project.

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Nature conservation

KEPCO Bylong Australia (KEPCO) is committed to conserving biodiversity. Wherever possible, KEPCO has avoided potential ecological impacts and sought to improve biodiversity outcomes through significant modifications to the design of the Bylong Coal Project. KEPCO’s long-term objective is to provide for a net benefit to flora and fauna within the locality and region, substantially increasing the proportions of native woodland and threatened species habitat under conservation tenure.

 

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Preserving heritage

KEPCO Bylong Australia recognises the significance of Aboriginal archaeological and cultural heritage and historic heritage in the Bylong Valley, and is committed to minimising potential impacts of the Bylong Coal Project to the cultural and historical values of the locality and the region.

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Agricultural land management

KEPCO Bylong Australia (KEPCO) has implemented active farming initiatives aimed at maintaining the agricultural viability of purchased properties. KEPCO has appointed a Farm Manager to oversee the agricultural aspects of KEPCO owned properties and has developed farm management plans and systems to best utilise the land for the life of the Bylong Coal Project (the Project) and beyond. Regular weed and pest management activities will continue to take place on site and surrounding areas as part of ongoing property management practices. Areas within the Project’s disturbance footprint will be returned to agricultural land use as soon as possible following rehabilitation.

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Rural amenity

KEPCO Bylong Australia is committed to preserving the agricultural identity of the Bylong Valley and to being a good neighbour. The mine has been designed to minimise amenity impacts, including in relation to noise, air emissions, traffic movements, visual disruptions, and impacts on agricultural and environmental values. The Bylong Coal Project’s Environmental Impact Statement addresses each of these aspects in detail and proposes management measures to preserve the rural amenity of the Bylong Valley.

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Social impact management

A Social Impact Assessment has been completed as a component of the Bylong Coal Project’s Environmental Impact Statement. The purpose of the Social Impact Assessment was to develop a socio-economic profile of the local area, including the regional service centre of Mudgee, the smaller towns of Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone and other nearby villages and localities.

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Noise & Air Quality Impact Assessments

Mining related activities result in noise and air emissions which may affect the amenity of the surrounding environment. Relevant noise and air quality impact studies are currently underway for the Bylong Coal Project to predict the likely impacts of the operations to neighbouring landholders. This Project factsheet provides further information on these assessments.

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