Centennial Coal: submissions now online
9th September 2020
Submissions to Planning NSW regarding Centennial Coal's plan to put 62,500 trucks on Wangi and Wilton roads annually are now publicly available.
The plan has attracted 85 submissions which comprise 74 objections, 8 which provide comment only, and 3 in support. The petition carrying 1400 names is now with the NSW Parliament.
Centennial now has the opportunity to respond to those submissions while Planning NSW considers the application.
Of note, Transport For NSW has submitted that it "does not in principle support transport of coal by trucks that may be otherwise catered for internally on site". It raises concerns about the "inherent traffic and road safety impacts" that would occur on public roads.
Also of note, Centennial in its application dismissed the option of transferring coal via the existing conveyor because "it wasn't Origin's preferred delivery method". However, Origin has made its own submission saying that Centennial has never discussed its plans to truck coal by road with them. Origin said it was "unaware of Centennial's intentions" to put coal trucks on public roads, but "offered to engage with Centennial to discuss alternative options" when their plan was made public.
I know that Origin is now talking to Centennial about options and that is a good thing. I hope common sense prevails at Centennial.
You can read the submissions here.