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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
50 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 5 Environment The Maules Creek project falls within the Leard State Forest -- an area that has predominantly been used for forestry and mining activities. Under the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Act 2005 (BNC Act), State Forest land within the boundary was zoned for forestry and mining purposes. The Maules Creel project is not located on or in close vicinity to the prime agricultural land of the Liverpool Plains. Leading ecological specialists prepared an Ecological Impact Assessment for the Maules Creek project and a range of environmental experts continue to work with Whitehaven to ne tune the most e ective approach to ecological impacts. This approach is also being developed in consultation with the local community and other relevant stakeholders. Biodiversity o set areas totalling 10,742 hectares, or 5 times the area of land that will be disturbed have been purchased by Whitehaven and will be managed closely, in consultation with the State Government and neighbouring landholders, to ensure their biodiversity values are maintained and enhanced. The Project will a ect approximately 544 hectares of the native vegetation, (458 ha of Box Gum Woodland and 86 ha of Derived Native Grassland) conforming to the community listed as an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and a Critically Endangered Ecological Community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). There are at least 405,000 ha of the Box Gum Woodland community remaining in Australia, of which more than half occurs in NSW. The Maules Creek project is expected to disturb only 0.27% of the community remaining in NSW. The mine plan has been amended to avoid the disturbance of over 100 ha of these classi ed communities. The threatened fauna species that have the potential to occur within the project boundary are mobile, and in some cases comprise bats and migratory species of birds. Due to their mobile nature the impact on them will not be as signi cant with their ability to relocate within the region. This is supported by the biodiversity o set strategy, where a legally binding conservation covenant is required to protect suitably habitat into perpetuity. The area is not a generally recognised koala habitat and does not conform with preferred koala habitat conditions. For more information about biodiversity management at Maules Creek site you can visit the environment section of the Whitehaven Coal website. www.whitehavencoal.com.au/environment.cfm Case Study Maules Creek
Annual Report 2012