When it was operating Charbon was an export coal producer but an absence of economic reserves resulted in underground operations ceasing in 2014 and open cut operations ceasing in 2015. Charbon is located in the Western Coalfields near Kandos and Rylstone and currently employs local earth moving contractors performing rehabilitation work.
Safety remains a high priority at the mine with the use of contractor labour extending the lost time injury free achievement to beyond 4 years.
A significant achievement for those employed in underground operations and the coal preparation plant at Charbon was the seamless transfer of labour and equipment to the nearby Airly Mine, and, despite a period of significant industry down turn, the enthusiasm and commitment of the new workforce making the enterprise a success.
The mine closure and rehabilitation plan objective for Charbon is to provide a low maintenance geo technically stable and safe landform returning the disturbance to a native forest ecosystem commensurate with the surrounding native forested area and pre mining conditions. The closure design aims to facilitate beneficial post mining land use which may include future economic activity, conservation or social use.