(Former) Medway Colliery
303 Medway Road
Medway NSW 2577
About the (Former) Medway Colliery
Boral owns land in the village of Medway, 8km to the west of New Berrima, which contains a former colliery and coal mine .
Coal mining at Medway can be traced back to the 1880s. Boral's former mine, sited above the Wingecarribee River, was operated between 1926 and 2013.
The primary focus of the mine was the supply of coal to the Berrima Cement Works kiln. At the time operations ceased, Medway was thought to be the smallest commercial coal mine in Australia.
The Colliery was last operated on Boral's behalf by Delta Mining and included the former underground mine, above-ground facilities, and a stockpiling site at Loch Catherine, itself another former mine.
As with New Berrima, Medway village was originally established as an ancillary settlement for mine employees. During the 1990s, the sale of surplus land generated opportunities for rural-residential purchasers.
On 23 October 2013, Boral announced the transition of the site into a 'care and maintenance' mode, suspending coal extraction.
On 1 July 2014, Boral announced it would seek approval from the NSW State Government to permanently close the site.
During 2015-16, a Final Closure Plan (FCP) was developed to guide the sealing of mine entries and rehabilitation of the above-ground parts of the site.
In 2017, the FCP remains under the assessment of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Once agreed, implementation of the FCP will include completely sealing off access to the underground parts of the mine and removal of most of the above-ground mining infrastructure.
It is Boral’s policy to comply with environmental legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant a particular business as the absolute minimum requirement in each of the communities in which we operate.
On this page, you will find the latest reports for each operational site covered by this legislation. You will also find a link to that operation's EPL as it is published on the NSW Environment Protection Authority's (EPA) website.
The Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) for each of the relevant operations can also be found below as per another requirement of the legislation.
Expressions of Interest - Closure Working Group
As Boral continues to work through the closure process of the Berrima Colliery, it is now seeking greater input from the community and is inviting members of the local Southern Highlands community to put forward Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be involved in the Closure Working Group (CWG).
The role of the local community in the Closure Working Group is to ensure the views of the local community are raised and considered as part of the closure process.
The local community representatives will provide advice and feedback as a member of the general public on the long-term issues that are faced with the options presented for final closure of the mine.
The Terms of Reference outline the objectives of the Closure Working Group and outline the expectations of the Closure Working Group participants.
Members of the local community with a direct interest in the environmental management and/or directly impacted by the final closure of the Colliery are encouraged to respond in writing via firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2018.
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