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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
48 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 5 Environment 5.6 BIODIVERSITY Whitehaven has acquired more than 7,3078 hectares of land which are now being managed as biodiversity o set areas. This is four9 times the amount of land to be impacted by our mining operations. These areas have been carefully selected, based on guidance from independent experts and regulatory authorities, to ensure they represent like-for-like, or better, biodiversity values to the areas impacted by our mining operations. This does not include the 10,742 hectares covered by the Maules Creek Biodiversity O set Strategy, as conditioned by the NSW State Government. The Maules Creek project proposes to impact 2,177 hectares of vegetation with an o sets package comprising of an overall ratio of 5 to 1. When assessing biodiversity values a wide range of factors are taken into account, in particular ora and fauna, as well as suitable corridors for native fauna to travel. Overview Biodiversity is managed as required by the government approved management plans developed for each site. The intent from these plans is to ensure that the areas set aside for biodiversity and conservation improve in biodiversity value over time, thereby adding value to the conservation estate. Management practices for our o set areas include weed and feral animal management, maintenance of fences and ongoing engagement with neighbours including private landholders and the NSW O ce of Environment and Heritage (OEH). These plans are all available on the Company's website. www.whitehavencoal.com.au/environment.cfm In addition to our groundbreaking biobanking agreement (detailed below), the following initiatives have been put in place. Werris Creek -- Whitehaven has an established biodiversity o set area relevant to its Werris Creek mine, comprising some 1,319ha, located to the east of the mine site. Works are progressing on the establishment of covenants on title for in-perpetuity protection of the o set area with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and it is expected this will be nalised during FY2014. This o set site is also subject to a Biodiversity O set Management Plan that will be tied to the covenants for ongoing management actions. Narrabri -- The Narrabri underground operation has an established biodiversity o set area, comprising some 2,833ha of land, with areas adjacent to Mt Kaputar National Park and the Pilliga and Jacks Creek State Forests. Management plans have been prepared for these o set areas and are currently awaiting formal endorsement by the relevant government agencies. Appropriate in-perpetuity security for the o set areas will be established during FY2014. Tarrawonga -- With the recent Tarrawonga extension approval, additional o set areas have been established adjacent to Mt Kaputar National Park, comprising some 1,660ha. A management plan for this area has been prepared and is currently being reviewed by relevant government agencies. Appropriate in-perpetuity security for the o set area will be established during FY2014. Leard Forest Precinct Regional Biodiversity Strategy -- Whitehaven is also participating in the development of a Leard Forest Precinct Regional Biodiversity Strategy, comprising the Whitehaven operations of Maules Creek and Tarrawonga, and Idemitsu Resources Boggabri Coal project. This strategy will be developed during FY2014 and will identify a coordinated approach to o set management and priority o set areas for the Leard Forest Mining Precinct area. 8 excludes Maules Creek 9 excludes Maules Creek
Annual Report 2012