Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced his approval under the Crown Minerals Act for an access agreement for Bathurst Resources for its escarpment mining project on the Denniston Plateau, near Westport.

Date:  17 May 2013

The Minister of Conservation Nick Smith has announced that approval has been given for Buller Coal Limited (Bathurst Resources) to begin work on the Escarpment Mining Project on the Denniston Plateau. 

Media release

Work to begin on Denniston coal mine - Media release, 18 June 2014

Denniston coal mine gains access approval - Media release, 23 May 2013

Questions and answers

Q&A about the escarpment mining project on the Denniston Plateau


Map showing the location of the proposed escarpment mine (PDF, 285K)

DOC reports

Notified concession - final report to decision maker (PDF, 561K)

DOC report on the Buller Coal escarpment mine proposal (PDF, 2,753K)
Note: If you would like to view the appendices to this report please contact Rory Newsam.

Access arrangement

Access arrangement for Denniston coal mine (PDF, 3,122K)

Compensation deed

Compensation deed for Denniston coal mine (PDF, 434K)

Media contact

Rory Newsam, DOC Media Advice Manager, +64 4 471 3104 or +64 27 295 3809.

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