Centennial came face to face with NSW’s bushfire emergency with staff swapping mining tools for firefighting hoses to keep the flames at bay at our mines sites across NSW.
CEO Craig Gillard said Centennial worked closely with the relevant agencies in preparing for the worst and staff did an outstanding job of protecting operations. “The NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue’s support protecting our mines and surface infrastructure was outstanding. We are indebted for their support as we are to the absolute commitment and dedication of our people who remained and protected our sites during this emergency. We all thank you very much.”
“Although our stockpiles of coal were well protected behind containment lines, these situations were unpredictable, and I would like to thank everyone involved for their fire-fighting efforts at all our sites including Angus Place, Airly, Myuna, and Mandalong Mines and, Springvale, Charbon and Clarence Collieries.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted, to the communities that continue to be threatened and to those that have to face painful personal and material losses. The courage shown by many in volunteering, helping neighbours and wildlife and defending against the most severe adverse conditions has been truly inspirational and at times quite emotional.”
Despite the close proximity to bush fires, all Centennial’s mine sites NSW came through relatively unscathed with all operations now returned to normal. Our local communities, however, did not fare so well with Lithgow, Clarence, Dargan, Hartley and the Blue Mountains all experiencing significant loss of homes, infrastructure and wildlife. We will continue support these communities anyway we can through the recovery process which is set to be a long and difficult road.