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Coal mining in Singleton
Coal mining and related industries have played a significant role in Singleton’s history since the late 1800s. Singleton’s local economy is predominantly driven by mining. Mining accounts for about one fifth of our resident labour force, directly employing about 2,800 workers. Many employees commute to Singleton every day to work in one of our 20 coal mines or their associated support industries.

Consent authority for mining development
Development for the purposes of coal mining is classified as State significant development under Part 4, Division 4.1. of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Schedule 1 of State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011. As such, the State Government is the consent authority for mining development.

Department of Planning and Environment Compliance Reports
The Department of Planning and Environment’s Compliance team works across NSW to ensure projects, such as mines, industrial sites, major developments and infrastructure, are meeting the strict conditions included in their approvals.

The team works closely with the community, local councils and other state and federal government agencies to investigate potential breaches and carry out enforcement where necessary. Enforcement can range from negotiating fixes, issuing penalty notices and in serious cases, criminal prosecutions.

Useful websites
Further information on coal mining development in the Hunter region is available from these websites:

Useful contacts
The contacts details for local mines and regulatory authorities are available here.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290