Gunnedah Basin mining giant Whitehaven Coal (WHC) is copping heat over plans to bury hundreds of used heavy-machinery tyres on its Tarrawonga Coal Mine site in north-west New South Wales.
- The company wants to bury an estimated 730 tyres on the site
- It sits within the boundaries of the Leard State Forest and has been earmarked for revegetation
- Landholders say it would be an offence if they did the same thing
The mine sits within the boundary of the Leard State Forest and is expected to close by 2028.
WHC has applied to modify its development consent to allow for the disposal of an estimated 730 tyres on the site.
That includes an estimated 187 tyres stockpiled on site and about 78 tyres each year until the mine closes.