Airly landscape


Operation By Centennial: 100% Ownership


Commercial operations:



Western Coalfields near Capertee, NSW

Mining Method:

Underground (Continuous Miner and Place Change)


Export - thermal coal



Coal extracted in 2011:

0.5 million tonnes per annum

Full production capacity:

1.8 million tonnes per annum

Remaining coal reserves:

33.7 million tonnes - equivalent to 18.7 years


Rail to Port Kembla


Coal preparation plant, rail loop

Main Content

Airly is an underground coal mine located near Capertee village, 40km north-west of Lithgow on the Castlereagh Highway in the Western Coalfields.  In operation since 2009 Airly was placed on 'care and maintenance' in late 2012 and has since reopened in February 2014.  Airly has an expected productive mine life of 25 years, producing up to 1.8 million tonnes per annum, capable of supplying coal to both domestic and export markets.

Development and Environment Approvals

The following document(s) relate to the mine’s operating and licence conditions.

Development and Environment Approvals

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Environment Management Plans

Approvals obtained to facilitate mining generally require management plans in consideration of various identified environmental impacts. These plans vary from operation to operation to reflect the operating conditions.

Environment Management Plans

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Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

The Pollution Incident Response Management Plan has been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (POELA Act) which requires the preparation, implementation and publication of a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan.
The objectives of these plans are to provide guidelines and procedures for the effective control and reporting of pollution incidents to all relevant stakeholders.
Whilst personal contact details for the following document are available in the controlled on-site Pollution Incident Response Management Plan, they do not appear in this public document under provision of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

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Subsidence Management Plans

Subsidence Management Plans (SMPs) are prepared by mining lease holders to consider the potential impacts of underground mining and identify measures to manage such impacts. SMPs may contain requirements for the avoidance of damage to particularly significant features, the mitigation of damage, or rehabilitation of subsidence related impacts.

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Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessments (EAs) are an assessment of the environmental, social and economic benefits and impacts of a proposed project or modification to an existing project. EAs are regulated by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

Environmental Assessments

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Community Consultation

Community Consultative Committee Minutes

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) provides a forum for open discussion between representatives of the Company, community, council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the mine’s operations, environmental performance and community relations, and keeps the community informed on these matters.

Airly’s Community Consultative Committee is called a Special Monitoring Committee (SMC). To view the SMC minutes please see below.

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Complaints Register

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To find out the latest information from the mine, please view its newsletters.

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Environmental Management Reports

An Environmental Management Report is an annual report that consolidates all government reporting requirements relating to the environmental management and rehabilitation of the mine. It contains details on approvals, leases and licences, environmental control strategies, the previous 12 months’ mining and environmental performance and the expected outcome for the following 12 months.

Environmental Management Report

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Independent Environment Audit

Independent Environmental Audits are undertaken regularly as a component of each mining approval. The audit is undertaken by a suitably qualified independent expert. The purpose of the audit is to independently assess the environmental performance of the mine and whether it is complying with the relevant requirements of its project approval, any relevant mining lease and environmental protection licence.

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Environmental Monitoring Data

The following provides a summary of environmental monitoring data undertaken as required by Environment Protection Licences and Approvals. The purpose of this data is to provide the community with meaningful information on the performance of environmental controls.

Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data

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