Roads cash, if the Bylong Coal Project is approved

KEPCO Bylong Australia has outlined the funding available for roads in the Mid-Western region, if the proposed mine in the Bylong Valley is approved.

In a statement to the Mudgee Guardian, the mining company outlined the $3.6 million financial agreement with Mid-Western Regional Council for roads around the Bylong Coal Project.

Chief operating officer Bill Vatovec said that the funds would be used to provide key upgrades to Wollar Road including the section through Munghorn Gap, and Bylong Valley Way.

“KEPCO is proud of our close partnership with Mid-Western Regional Council and the communities of Bylong, Kandos, Rylstone and Mudgee,” Mr Vatovec said. 

“We have listened to Council and our local communities and we are working with Council to ensure that  roads are ready to cope with any increase in vehicles as a result of an increase of activity at Bylong.

Mr Vatovec outlined the funding agreement and what it is expected to provide:

  • $2.25 million for the upgrade of a section of Wollar Road at Munghorn Gap and a further $178,000 to realign the intersection location at Bylong Valley Way;
  • $785,000 to upgrade part of Bylong Valley Way between Upper Bylong Road and Wollar Road; and
  • $419,000 to upgrade the intersection of Bylong Valley Way and Wollar Road, including the installation of asphalt pavement. 

In July last year, the state’s Planning Assessment Commission savaged the initial 25-year open-cut coal mine plans, outlining key concerns surrounding impacts on the landscape, water resources and the community.

“KEPCO is committed to the Bylong Coal Project,” Mr Vatovec said.

“We have recently lodged our response to the Planning Assessment Commission Review Report for consideration by the Department of Planning and Environment to get on with the job of delivering this project.”

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