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Operated by Centennial: 95% share (joint venture with SK Energy Australia Pty Ltd)


Commenced Operations

1920’s and acquired by Centennial in 1994 


Western Coalfields Kandos, NSW

Mine Production has Ceased

Ceased operating in 2015.



Production Approval

Closure and Rehabilitation




Rail Infrastructure Intact

Main Content

Charbon Colliery was an underground (bord and pillar) and open-cut coal mine located in the Western Coalfields of NSW and adjacent to Charbon village and after over 90 years of mining depleted its coal reserves and closed in 2015.

The closure of Charbon resulted in the majority of the skilled underground workforce and equipment being transferred to the nearby Airly Mine.

Since its closure Charbon is being progressively rehabilitated, returning it to pre-mining conditions with the design also including beneficial post mining land use which may include future economic activity, conservation or social use.

Charbon currently employs local earth moving contractors performing rehabilitation work. With safety remaining a high priority the lost time injury free period is in excess of four years.




Blasting Notifications

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Community Consultation

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Community Consultative Committee

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) provides a forum for open discussion between representatives of the Company, community, council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the mine’s operations, environmental performance and community relations, and keeps the community informed on these matters.

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Community Complaints Register

The Charbon Community Information Hotline is (02) 6357 9206. A register of community complaints received by the mine can be viewed in the document below.

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Stakeholder Engagement Plan

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Development, Mining and Environment Approvals

The following document(s) relate to the mine’s operating and licence conditions.

Authorisations under the Mining Act

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Consents and Approvals under the EP and A Act

Document Name Size Document Date
Charbon Project Approval Mod 1 4.55 MB 8/8/2019
Charbon Project Approval September 2010 7.39 MB 9/7/2010
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Environment Protection Licence

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Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is administered by the Federal Government's Department of Environment which is incorporated into the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities.

The EPBC Act requires any person who proposes to undertake an action that will have, or is likely to have, a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance to refer that action to the Minister for a decision as to whether assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act. This decision is referred to as a ‘controlled action’. Where it is deemed a controlled action, the Minister may approve the action and issue conditions of approval

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Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessments (EAs) are an assessment of the environmental, social and economic benefits and impacts of a proposed project or modification to an existing project. EAs are regulated by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

Environmental Assessments

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Specialist Consultant Studies

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Environmental Management

Approvals obtained to facilitate mining generally require management plans in consideration of various identified environmental impacts. These plans vary from operation to operation to reflect the operating conditions.

Environmental Management Plans, Strategies and Programs

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Mining Operations Plan / Rehabilitation Management Plan

Mining operations in NSW are required, as a condition of an authorisation issued under the Mining Act, to conduct mining operations in accordance with a Mining Operations Plan (MOP) that has been approved by NSW Trade and Investment - Division of Resources and Energy.
The MOP describes the manner in which mining, processing, rehabilitation and reporting are to be undertaken with reference to Management Plans and Procedures. The MOP also establishes relationships to other approval and reporting requirements consistent with development consent, leases and licences.

Document Name Size Document Date
Charbon Rehabilitation and Closure MOP Amendment C 146.51 MB 8/1/2019
Charbon MOP Lot 8 DP593262 & Lot 1 DP1148217 11.89 MB 9/6/2017
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Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

The Pollution Incident Response Management Plan has been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (POELA Act) which requires the preparation, implementation and publication of a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan.
The objectives of these plans are to provide guidelines and procedures for the effective control and reporting of pollution incidents to all relevant stakeholders.
Whilst personal contact details for the following document are available in the controlled on-site Pollution Incident Response Management Plan, they do not appear in this public document under provision of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

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Subsidence Management

Subsidence Management Plans (SMPs) are prepared by mining lease holders to consider the potential impacts of underground mining and identify measures to manage such impacts. SMPs may contain requirements for the avoidance of damage to particularly significant features, the mitigation of damage, or rehabilitation of subsidence related impacts.

Document Name Size Document Date
Charbon Subsidence Monitoring and Contingency Plan 7.33 MB 6/22/2012
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Environmental Reporting & Compliance

The following provides a summary of environmental monitoring data undertaken as required by Environment Protection Licences and Approvals. The purpose of this data is to provide the community with meaningful information on the performance of environmental controls.

Annual Reports

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Environmental Monitoring Reports

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Independent Environmental Audits

Independent Environmental Audits are undertaken regularly as a component of each mining approval. The audit is undertaken by a suitably qualified independent expert. The purpose of the audit is to independently assess the environmental performance of the mine and whether it is complying with the relevant requirements of its project approval, any relevant mining lease and environmental protection licence.

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Transport Records

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