Wollombi Valley Progress Association holds community feedback sessions about Wollombi Coal Exploration Licence plan

MAP: The NSW Government's Strategic Statement on Coal Exploration and Mining has identified 178 square kilometres near Wollombi as a potential release area for coal exploration.
MAP: The NSW Government's Strategic Statement on Coal Exploration and Mining has identified 178 square kilometres near Wollombi as a potential release area for coal exploration.

Wollombi Valley Progress Association will be holding community consultation about the proposed Wollombi coal exploration licence this long weekend.

The progress association has formed an action group, No Mine For Wollombi, after the NSW Government revealed in June its plans for a potential coal exploration area near the Wollombi Valley.

The government's Strategic Statement on Coal Exploration and Mining has identified 178 square kilometres between Wollombi and Broke as a potential release area for coal exploration.

The action group opposes the idea due to the Wollombi Valley's environmental, cultural and heritage significance.

"We aim to send a clear statement from our community to the NSW Government in relation to the proposed Wollombi coal exploration licence," progress association president Simone Smith said.

Volunteers will be set up on the corner block outside Wollombi Real Estate (opposite Wollombi Tavern) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 2pm, with community feedback forms available.

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With Wollombi's traditional public holiday market day cancelled due to COVID-19, the progress association has invited market day favourites Sustainable Natives to hold a plant sale alongside its community consultation stall throughout the long weekend.

Native plants will be for sale, which Ms Smith hopes will help the Wollombi Valley's regeneration since the drought and fires of 2019.

"You may wish to consider planting a koala-friendly tree or two," she said.

About 5000 koalas are believed to have perished in NSW during last summer's bushfires.

Wollombi was surrounded by fires for several weeks, including the 170,000-hectare Little L blaze in Yengo National Park (to the west), the 7000-hectare Crumps Complex fire in Corrabare State Forest (to the east) and the 6000-hectare Owendale blaze in Pokolbin State Forest (to the north).

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