Council to play hardball on Mt Arthur extension

November 20, 2023 8:09 am in by
Muswellbrook Mayor Steve Reynolds. Image: Darren Cutrupi

Muswellbrook Shire Council is playing hardball with BHP over its bid to continue mining at Mount Arthur till 2030.

The council has held an Extraordinary Meeting to finalise its submission to the planning department on the move by the company to gain a four-year extension for the open-cut coal mine.

Mayor Steve Reynolds said increased benefits for the local area are non-negotiable.

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Forcing more workers to live here is a key item on the wish list of conditions.

The list is included in the Muswellbrook Shire Council submission to the state’s planning department.

Mayor Steve Reynolds said the company needs to make a more genuine effort to support the town.

Increased air quality monitoring is also being sought as a condition of consent.