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Community Consultation

Learn more about our Water Resource Assessment and Draft Water Management Plan.

At the end of 2009, the Bickham Coal Company invited the community to attend Community Information Sessions to learn more about our water resource investigations and revised mine proposal.

The Bickham Coal Company completed investigations into ground and surface water conditions and management earlier in 2009.

The conclusions reached by our Water Consultants demonstrate that the mining proposal will have no major adverse impacts, and can be managed to maintain the long-term integrity of the local streams, alluvial aquifers and ecosystem values of the Pages River Catchment and the Kingdon Ponds Catchment.

The investigations culminated in the preparation of a key report which is presented in two parts:

  • A Water Resource Assessment ('WRA') which provides details of the investigations and assessment of surface water and groundwater resources in the vicinity of the mine and the measures proposed for the protection of the local river systems and associated aquifers; and
  • A Draft Water Management Plan ('Draft WMP') which describes the proposed regime for the management of groundwater and surface water.

A document containing both of these parts was exhibited by the NSW Department of Planning for public comment from Wednesday 21st October to Friday 4th December, 2009.

To coincide with the exhibition, Bickham held a series of four community information sessions to assist the community and interested stakeholders to understand the updated water study and mine proposal.


Bickham Coal Company held four community information sessions (each 2 hours in duration) Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November 2009.

The Program for the Community Information Sessions was as follows:

Murrurundi Information Sessions:

Wednesday 11th November, 2009
Evening 6.30pm - 8.30pm Murrurundi RSL Hall Mayne Street, Murrurundi

Thursday 12th November, 2009
Breakfast 7.30am - 9.30am Murrurundi RSL Hall Mayne Street, Murrurundi

Scone Information Sessions:

Thursday 12th November, 2009
Lunch 12.30pm - 2.30pm Scone Council Chambers 135 Liverpool Street, Scone

Thursday 12th November, 2009
Evening 6.30pm - 8.30pm Scone Council Chambers 135 Liverpool Street, Scone

Interested parties were asked to register their attendance for the information session of their choice.

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P.O Box 470 Rutherford
NSW 2320
Phone: 02 4015 5000
Fax: 02 4015 5097