Mt Thorley-Warkworth minefound to comply after noise criticisms

THE Department of Planning has found Mt Thorley-Warkworth mine did not breach its consent conditions for noise during March, despite being inundated with complaints by surrounding residents.

Of the 25 complaints received from Hunter residents about noise during March, 24 were from Bulga residents.

It followed an increase in the number of complaints received in the second half of February.

The department compliance officers investigated the complaints by conducting two random night noise assessments.

The mine also engaged a noise specialist to conduct an intensive monitoring program at multiple sites over seven nights.

The monitoring conducted by the department and the noise specialist found noise levels were within their consent conditions.

The Department of Planning issued a penalty infringement notice to the Mt Arthur coalmine following a site inspection on April 24.

The inspection found the banks built to divert stormwater and help control sediment and erosion and the drainage systems in the vicinity of Denman Road did not comply with design requirements to satisfy approval conditions, the department’s April compliance report said.

A follow-up inspection found that the new construction work was progressing satisfactorily.

The department also investigated complaints by the local indigenous community about the consultation process relating to ground clearing associated with stage 1 of the Huntlee development.

The developer agreed to voluntarily cease work while a revised Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan was prepared, including engaging additional Aboriginal heritage monitors.

Work started again on April 14, 2014.

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