Mining has always been a strong part of the Australian economy and culture, and the Central West is no different. Located approximately 40 kilometres north of Mudgee, the Moolarben Coal Complex operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across their four open cut mines, three underground mines and their substantial supporting infrastructure such as processing and transport facilities. With mining operations at the Moolarben Coal Complex currently approved until the end of 2038, investment in infrastructure and employment and community support are looking strong in Mudgee and the surrounding region.
While mining is a great source of wealth for companies and individuals, it can also have great benefits for communities. The industry has a strong history of employment and support for workers, while local clubs and organisations receive a variety of support including sponsorship, grants, equipment and more. Moolarben Coal has always actively supported the community throughout the Mid-Western Regional Council district by creating employment and training opportunities and relying on local contractors and services providers.
The organisation is also proud of its Community Support Program, which has distributed over $1 million in community grants and sponsorship over the last decade.Since 2010, the program, Moolarben has helped local initiatives across a range of areas, including education, environment, health and safety, the arts, sport and research. Local community groups are always encourages to apply for funding and while applications for 2020 are now closed, applications for events in 2021 will be open in October this year. Steve Archinal, General Manager of Moolarben Coal, said it was great to be able to provide ongoing commitment to the wider community. "Local groups are the backbone of any community," he said. "It always please me to see the difference we can make to a community organisation".
Over 700 people currently work at Moolarben Coal Operations, either as direct employees or as contractors and extract close to 22 million tonnes of coal per year. All mining operations are undertaken in accordance with relevant approvals and licences with Moolarben Coal Operations developing and maintaining detailed environmental management procedures in line with industry standards and extensive legal requirements. With Moolarben's Environment & Community Manager forming a key part of the mine's overall management structure, consideration and minimisation of environmental impacts is integral to every stage of the mining process, and to date the team have rehabilitated over 350 hectares of land since operations began in 2010.