Community to have its say on Black Diamond plans

Black Diamond Community Forum event planned for Tuesday 10 May
Date: Friday, 29 April 2016

Collie community members are being encouraged to have their say on the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) plans for Black Diamond.

Following the success of the Black Diamond Working Group’s first meeting, a Community Forum event is now being held on Tuesday 10 May to allow the department to consult more broadly on the proposed works at the site.

The meeting is open to everyone however attendance must be confirmed.

DMP’s Acting Executive Director Environment Ms Karen Caple urged the local community to seize the opportunity to provide feedback on DMP’s plans.

"Over the years, the Community has raised a number of safety concerns in relation to Black Diamond as it has become an unmanaged recreation area," Ms Caple said.

"As a result, DMP is proposing to take action to ensure that the safety and environmental needs of the community are met.

"Extensive consultation with stakeholders, including members of the local community, will be vital to ensuring this project’s success which is why it is so important that as many people as possible come along and have their say."

Located within the Allanson town site boundary in the Shire of Collie, approximately 5km west of Collie, the former Black Diamond coal mine was identified as a pilot site under DMP's Abandoned Mines Program.

DMP is proposing to use a portion of the interest earned through the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) to undertake works at Black Diamond.

The primary focus of the department’s plans will revolve around managing the safety risks associated with the steep pit wall on the southern side of the site.

This will create a safe and stable platform from which the community can work from to determine and develop the end land use for the site.

For further information and details about how to confirm your attendance, please visit the Black Diamond Community Forum event page.