Centennial Coal to fund a $1.45 million research program

Date published: 
Fri, 10/21/2011 - 15:15

21 October 2011

The department's investigation found that Centennial Coal's long wall coal mining operations on the Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow, New South Wales, had caused a significant impact on the endangered Temperate highland peat swamps on sandstone ecological community.

The mining activities caused a loss of ecosystem function shown by loss of peat, erosion, vegetation dieback and weed invasion in three swamps. They also caused the formation of a large slump hole, several metres wide and more than one metre deep, at the East Wolgan swamp.

Centennial Coal will pay $1.45 million towards a research program to be administered by the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. This research program will be of great conservation benefit for these protected swamps and inform better understanding of the impacts of land use change.