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Water Resource Assessment and
draft life-of-mine Water Management Plan
In April 2006, Bickham Coal Company commenced detailed water resource investigations in and beyond the proposed Bickham site. A comprehensive community consultation process is also to run parallel with the detailed water resource studies.

The consultation is being undertaken by Parsons Brinckerhoff and will include detailed discussions with Upper Hunter Shire council officers and councillors, adjoining landowners, community groups and individual members of the community. The Parsons Brinckerhoff communication and consultation team is experienced in developing and delivering consultation strategies for a wide range of projects which ensure local issues are identified and duly considered.

The following documents, made available to the community can be downloaded in PDF format:

Briefing Paper 330Kb
Newsletter 224Kb
Display Poster 2.8Mb

Parsons Brinkerhoff announcements also featured in the April and May 2006 editions of The Links, an Upper Hunter Shire Council community newsletter delivered to households in the Murrurundi, Blandford and Timor areas.

Upper Hunter Shire Council Community Newsletter - April 2006 510Kb
Upper Hunter Shire Council Community Newsletter - May 2006 160Kb

In May 2006, Parsons Brinkerhoff presented an outline and updated information about the water studies to the Hunter Catchment Community Reference Group. The Power Point presentation can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Water Studies May 2006 1.2Mb
The scope-of-work of the water studies is available below in PDF format.
Water Studies Scope-of-Work 45Kb
The following is a copy of the Power Point presentation made to the Upper Hunter Shire Council on 26 June 2006 by Parson Brinkerhoff on behalf of Bickham Coal Company to provide the Council with an up-date on consultation, groundwater studies, surface water studies and timing of the Water Resource Assessment..
Bickham Council Presentation June 2006 540Kb
In August 2006 Bickham Coal Company held an Information Day in Murrurundi up-dating the community on the Water Resource Assessment. The following download is an outline of the up-date.
Water Resources Update 200Kb
The following posters were on display at the Information Day to give a quick overview of the Water Resource Assessment and Draft Mine Development plans.
Poster 1 246Kb
Poster 2 612Kb
Poster 3 645Kb
If you attended the Information Day and would like to provide your feedback, please print out the following form and send it to the address provided at the bottom of the document.
Feedback Form 59Kb
The following links are the Surface and Ground Water powerpoint presentations made to the community in October / November 2006.
Water Users Presentation 23.10.06 8.8Mb
Water Users Presentation 30.10.06 3.1Mb

Further information on the water resource studies and the consultation activities can be obtained by contacting Parsons Brinkerhoff's consultation team on:
Phone: 1 800 647 477 or email:

The Water Resource Assessment and draft life-of-mine Water Management Plan are a direct response to recommendations made by the Director General of the Department of Planning.  Such recommendations arose from the study Coal Mining Potential in the Upper Hunter Valley - Strategic Assessment released in December 2005.

This Study fulfilled a commitment made by the Government in January 2004, which followed approval of the bulk sample at Bickham.  It was carried out by the Government under the auspices of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the Department of Environment and Conservation, along with the Department of Mineral Resources.  The investigation focussed on the potential short and long-term impacts of mining on the water resources in the catchment, including any cumulative impacts.

The Study addressed the entire Upper Hunter Shire, which, at the time, comprised of Scone Shire and about one third of the former Murrurundi Shire –a section southwest of the crest of the Great Dividing Range.  The total area is approximately 4,973 km².

Once complete, the Water Resource Assessment and its findings will be available on this website, along with an outline of the draft life-of-mine Water Management Plan.

Outline of Approval Process
Water Resource Assessment
Overview of Bulk Sample

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PO Box 470 Rutherford
NSW 2320
Phone: 02 4932 3200
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