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Benefits for Boggabri should be part of Vickery extension

Council lodges comprehensive submission on Vickery project

Narrabri Shire Council wants more for the shire from Whitehaven Coal.

Narrabri Shire Council wants more for the shire from Whitehaven Coal.

Tuesday’s council meeting unanimously endorsed a comprehensive submission on Whitehaven’s proposed Vickery Coal Mine Extension project planned for development on the Narrabri and Gunnedah shires’ boundary.

Contained in the document were many recommendations council wants considered as the project proceeds.

The mayor Cathy Redding said a key recommendation was that Boggabri should have significant benefit from the big project.

“Boggabri is the community which will be most impacted by the Vickery coal mine extension,” said Cr Redding.

“At the end of the life of the mine we want to be able to see tangible ongoing benefits locally. We want to be able to say ‘this is why it is worth having these big projects.

“And we want Whitehaven’s support within Narrabri shire, because we haven’t seen it in the past.

“The majority of the 450 jobs projected for the Vickery extension will go to Gunnedah.

“We want Whitehaven to encourage their workers to live in Narrabri shire.

“This is where they are mining and this is what they need to do.

“And Whitehaven needs to have a shop front presence in Narrabri’s main street,” Cr Redding said.

“This is how the council feels.”