Narrabri Shire Council is determined to see the Boggabri community benefit from the Vickery Coal Mine, Vickery extension project, if it’s approved by the NSW Government.

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The proposed project would be located within both the Gunnedah and Narrabri local government areas.

Mayor Cathy Redding said it was important that Council had a conversation with the community before it agreed to any monetary contributions to be paid to the

Council under a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Whitehaven Coal.

At Council’s July Ordinary Meeting, the current VPA offer from Whitehaven was revealed to be a $2.712 million one-off, upfront payment upon commencement of construction.

Council said it equates to about $108,000 for each year the Vickery coal mine will operate.

“It’s negligible, one-and-a-half cents to the tonne – it’s nothing,” said Councillor Ron Campey in the meeting. “It’s an insult to the people of the Narrabri Shire, it wouldn’t even fix the potholes in the gravel road.”

A VPA is an agreement between a planning authority and a developer, whereby a developer agrees to provide or fund community needs such as public amenities or services, affordable housing, transport or other infrastructure.