Bickham Coal Company
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The Bickham Coal Company is a small company jointly owned by the Cant and Foster families from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. On its website the company states that the "the Foster family previously played a role in the contract earthmoving, mining and engineering spheres, while the Cant family has mining interests in East Maitland and Singleton."
Bickham coal mine rejected
The Bickham Coal Company sought New South Wales government approval for the proposed Bickham coal mine in the Upper Hunter valley in New South Wales. The company proposed to establish a mine which to produce 36 million tonnes of low-ash thermal coal over 25 years. Prior to consideration of the proposal the company had extracted a 25,000 tonne bulk sample.
In mid-May 2010 the Premier of New South Wales, Kristina Keneally and Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, announced that the mine would not proceed and that the government would amend the Mining State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) "to prohibit open-cut mining on the Bickham site permanently."
PO Box 470 Rutherford
Phone: 02 4932 3200
Fax: 02 4932 3266
Email: info AT bickhamcoal.com.au
Citizens groups working on Bickham
Articles and resources
- Bickham Coal Company, "Company Information", Bickham Coal Company website, accessed May 2010.
- Bickham Coal Company, "Proposal Outline", Bickham Coal Company website, accessed May 2010.
- NSW Government protects multi-billion dollar NSW thoroughbred industry - stops coal mine in the Upper Hunter", Media Release, May 14, 2010.