$607-MILLION VICKERY COAL MINE EXPANSION GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

Whitehaven Coal has been granted approval to undertake a $607-million expansion of its Vickery coal mine, near Boggabri.

The mining giant lodged the development application in 2018, seeking to increase the mine’s total coal extraction to 168 mega-tonnes.

A public hearing was held last month, featuring 74 registered speakers.

The Independent Planning Commission says the green-light was given subject to strict conditions.

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Isobella Evans is a journalist with NBN News in Tamworth, NSW. After writing her first story at age twelve about an adventurous beach ball, she quickly discovered her love for writing. Since then, she has graduated from a Bachelor in Communication at the University of Newcastle and worked as a journalist for the Sydney Royal Easter Show and as a columnist for a Central Coast publication. NBN News is Isobella's first full-time television role, and she is loving every minute of it.