New South Wales: Hunter Valley Coal Mines

Published: April 12, 2018

The Hunter Valley is a rich and unique agricultural area, with diverse industries, a magnificent river system and endangered woodlands- but all that is at risk from coal mining.

The Hunter has been a mining region for two centuries, but in recent years, coal companies have expanded into more and more sensitive areas, hemming in villages with larger and larger mines, making more noise, more dust and driving out sustainable rural industries.


The combined impacts of eleven new and expanded coal mine projects in New South Wales is bigger than Adani’s infamous coal mine proposed for Central Queensland. Read more in our report here.


Some of the places at risk in the Hunter Valley include:

  • The beautiful Bylong Valley, which has never before subjected to mining. An open cut coal mine proposed for the productive floodplain of the Valley will tear up strategic farmland, draw water away from the aquifer that feeds the Bylong River and agricultural enterprises and fundamentally alter the character of the district.
  • The close-knit village of Wollar, already decimated by the Wilpinjong coal mine, which is expanding closer to the village and driving people away with its intolerable noise and pollution.

Much of the bushland remaining on the Hunter Valley floor is listed as critically endangered nationally and grows nowhere else. The huge super pits of the United Wambo coal mine proposal will clear 250 hectares of this irreplaceable forest, driving birds and bats closer to regional extinction. Watch our video about this terrible new coal mine here.

The communities of the Hunter region have sacrificed a lot for New South Wales’ prosperity, but want a plan for the region’s future beyond dependence on coal mining. Read about our community outreach for a just and sustainable future for the region here.

Click on the image below to view slide show of the beautiful Bylong Valley...

Bylong Valley


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