Excel reaches native title agreement for Wilpinjong

EXCEL Coal subsidiary Wilpinjong Coal and the North East Wiradjuri Native Title Claimants Group yesterday reached a native title agreement for the Wilpinjong Coal Project mining lease near Mudgee in New South Wales.
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Excel Coal signs a native title agreement with the North East Wiradjuri Native Title Claimants Group.

Angie Tomlinson

Details of the agreement, which deals with employment and training opportunities and other benefits, remain confidential.

“This agreement shows that when mining companies and the local community sit down and talk, native title works,” NSW Native Title Services chief Warren Mundine said.

North East Wiradjuri people spokesperson Bill Allen said a number of projects had been discussed with the company that would benefit the community beyond the life of the mine.

The Wilpinjong opencut mine has an anticipated life of 21 years and will supply coal to Macquarie Generation's Bayswater and Liddell power stations for 19 years from January 2007.

Contracting company Thiess will build and operate the 10 million tonnes per annum mine.

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