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Clarence is an underground coal mine located in the Western Coalfields of NSW near Lithgow.

With a workforce of nearly 300 Clarence uses the place change partial extraction method of mining, utilising a single flexible conveyor train (FCT) and shuttle car panels, in order to extract up to 3 million tonnes of coal annually, for the export market and boutique domestic customers.

Tel: +61 2 6353 8000
Clarence community information and complaints*:
+61 2 6353 8010

Key Documents

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Blasting Notifications

Community Consultation

Community Consultative Committee

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.

Community Complaints Register

The Clarence Community Information Hotline is (02) 6353 8039. A register of community complaints received by the mine can be viewed in the document below.

Stakeholder Engagement Plan

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

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Authorisations under the Mining Act

Document NameSizeDocument Date
CCL 7055.07 MB8/10/2018
ML 13531.71 MB2/03/2015
ML 13541.61 MB2/03/2015
ML 15834.08 MB9/07/2006

Consents and Approvals under the EP and A Act

Document NameSizeDocument Date
DA504 Modification 61.38 MB20/08/2021
DA 504-00 Mod 51.70 MB15/10/2019
IIRM GE 76 LCC Consent755.58 KB1/05/2019
DA 174/93 Modification 1555.70 KB8/02/2018
Development Approval 174/932.20 MB15/02/1994

Environment Protection Licence

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is administered by the Federal Government’s Department of Environment which is incorporated into the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities.

The EPBC Act requires any person who proposes to undertake an action that will have, or is likely to have, a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance to refer that action to the Minister for a decision as to whether assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act. This decision is referred to as a ‘controlled action’. Where it is deemed a controlled action, the Minister may approve the action and issue conditions of approval


Document NameSizeDocument Date
EL-5072560.81 KB18/03/2018

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.

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Environmental Assessments

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.

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Environmental Management Plans, Strategies and Programs

Environmental Management Plans are required under Clarence’s various approval and licence conditions and form part of Clarence’s Environmental Management System (EMS). Management plans are developed and approved in consultation with the relevant government stakeholders.

Mining Operations Plan / Rehabilitation Management Plan

Mining operations in NSW are required, as a condition of an authorisation issued under the Mining Act, to conduct mining operations in accordance with a Mining Operations Plan (MOP) that has been approved by NSW Trade and Investment – Division of Resources and Energy.

The MOP describes the manner in which mining, processing, rehabilitation and reporting are to be undertaken with reference to Management Plans and Procedures. The MOP also establishes relationships to other approval and reporting requirements consistent with development consent, leases and licences.

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.

Document NameSizeDocument Date
Clarence PIRMP359.11 KB15/12/2020

Subsidence Management

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.

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.

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Annual Reports

Environmental Monitoring Reports

Independent Environmental Audits

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.

Transport Records