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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2012
28 ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY Whitehaven remains committed to a locally-based work force Whitehaven continues to be committed to developing and maintaining a locally-based workforce. At the end of February 2012 (before the merger with Aston resources and acquisition of Boardwalk and Coalworks) more than 75% of Whitehaven's workforce resided in north west NSW. The decision to build a local workforce has placed pressure on housing supply in local areas and Whitehaven announced in 2011 it was working with local councils to develop a plan for easing this pressure. Subsequent to these discussions Whitehaven has formalised agreements with a small number of developers and is continuing discussions with additional developers. These agreements will involve the development of a range of accommodation options, from family homes to home units, in a range of locations. Whitehaven continues to support the MAC development at Narrabri and believes it has provided a real short- term solution for the demand on housing. In particular, Whitehaven expects to rely on the MAC village during the construction phase of its Maules Creek and Vickery projects. Open days and information days Several open days, mine tours and information sessions were held during the year across most of our sites. The Narrabri Mine hosted a Mine Tour Day for more than 250 local community members in December 2011, to coincide with completion of construction of the mine and its $150 million longwall mining unit. In addition, the Maules Creek Project held an open day in September 2011 attracting approximately 100 local residents. Our Tarrawonga mine held two community information sessions, and our Werris Creek mine held visits for local residents and school groups. In addition to our regular Community Consultative Committee meetings, which are held for all of our operating mines, group meetings were held with local residents to discuss specific issues including surface water at in the vicinity of the Tarrawonga mine and the breach of one of our dams at the Werris Creek mine. Engagement in long-term planning initiatives Whitehaven representatives from a number of areas and levels of our organisation are in regular contact with both state and local government representatives. We are a willing participant in the debate surrounding growth and development in north west NSW. In a more formal sense Whitehaven is a member of the Gunnedah Basin Coal Producers Group and the Minerals and Energy Working group which comprises representatives from all levels of government and government agencies.
Annual Report 2011
Annual Report 2013