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The Bellbird South LWB4-B7 Modification was approved on 25 August 2017.  Click here to learn more about the modification.


The Extraction Plan for LWB1-LWB3 was approved on 4 July 2016. The Extraction Plan for LWB4-LWB7 was approved on 20 September 2017.  Click here to go to the Environmental Management Plans page.

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Austar Coal Mine (Austar) is a deep underground coal mine located approximately 10km southwest of Cessnock in the Newcastle Coalfields of New South Wales, Australia.

Austar Coal Mine is owned by Yancoal Australia Limited (Yancoal), an Australian - Chinese partnership.  Yancoal purchased the mine in December 2004 and renamed it Austar Coal Mine.

Austar commenced mining operations in April 2005 undertaking underground mining activities within the company's existing mining lease area and introduced a new technology called Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTCC) technology in September 2006. 

Introduced in France, and further refined in China for the last 15 years, top coal caving uses a modified longwall mining system.  LTCC technology is adeal in thick seams and enables significantly greater resource recovery is seams such as the Greta Seam.  Austar has successfully used LTCC technology in the Bellbird South Area (Stages 1 and 2), and Stage 3 of the Austar Coal Mine.


Austar Coal Mine operates a Community Support Program!  The closing date for 2017 is Friday 19 May 2017. Click the image below to learn more about the program.

Austar welcomes feedback from the community about our operations, and operates a Community Consultative Committee involving community representatives. Austar are accepting nominations for a new member to our Community Consultative committee until 30 November 2017.   Click here to learn more


A number of environmental management plans and environmental reports are provided.  Click here to learn more.

Austar has prepared a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP). The public sections of the PIRMP are included with Environmental Management Plans on this website.

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