8th March 2018

The NSW Resources Regulator has started prosecution proceedings against two Wollongong coal companies for failing to pay almost $300,000 in rents and levies on time.

The regulator will allege Wollongong Coal Limited and Wongawilli Coal Pty Ltd failed to pay annual rental and administrative fees before they were due, under Part 14A of the Mining Act 1992 (NSW).

Wollongong Coal is the owner of Russell Vale Colliery and is also the owner of Wongawilli Coal Pty Ltd, which operates Wongawilli Colliery, both of which are in the southern coalfield near Wollongong.

The Regulator will allege that:

  • Wongawilli Coal failed to pay required rents and levies totalling $140,250.50 for Mining Lease 1565 by 11 October 2017
  • Wongawilli Coal failed to pay required rents and levies totalling $122,941 for Consolidated Coal Lease 766 by 9 November 2017
  • Wollongong Coal failed to pay required rents and levies totalling $28,591.93 for Mining Lease 1575 by 9 September 2017.

The overdue fees were paid in November 2017, all after the due dates.

Failure to pay rents and levies on time is an offence under section 292C of the Act, with a maximum $11,000 fine for a corporation and $5,500 for an individual.

The case is set down for first mention in the Downing Centre Local Court on 9 May 2018.

Both companies have appealed convictions recorded against them in November 2017 for similar offences.

As the matter is now before the court, further details will not be released.