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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2012
26 HIGHLIGHTS Biobanking agreement During the year Whitehaven received approval from the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to proceed with a regional Biobanking Project covering more than 1400 hectares of land near Gunnedah. The project has been developed under the OEH's Biodiversity Banking and Offsets Scheme, and is the largest biobank established under the scheme to date. It will cater for the offset requirements of Whitehaven's Canyon, Tarrawonga and Rocglen mines -- all in the Gunnedah Basin. The agreement was welcomed by the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, and NSW Minister for the Environment, the Hon Robyn Parker. Under the agreement more than $1.8 million will be set aside by Whitehaven to improve and conserve the habitat value of the sites in the future. Cumulative impacts and monitoring As mining activity increases in the Gunnedah Basin, the need for monitoring of the cumulative impacts of mining in the region is becoming more important. Whitehaven's environmental team and other representatives from its Tarrawonga mine and Maules Creek Project are working with neighbouring Boggabri Coal. The ongoing program will be finalised following consultation with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to ensure adequate and effective monitoring systems are in place. This work is continuing in the current year, with a focus on collection and sharing of the data and timely responses to any issues that may arise. ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY
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