Singleton Council will act to formalise the closure of Wallaby Scrub Road after receiving approval in principle from the Department of Industry.
The approval relates to the closure of 5.99km of Wallaby Scrub Road from the intersection of Putty Road, but excludes a portion of Crown road adjoining the road corridor.
The closure is also conditional that the land is sold to adjoining landholders Warkworth Mining Limited and Miller Pohang Coal Company Pty Limited.
The portion of Crown land will be subject to an application to Crown Lands by the mine to acquire.
Council resolved to proceed with the application to the Minister for Lands and Forestry to close the road at an extraordinary meeting in August last year, after hearing from a number of speakers who addressed the meeting during public access.
A report presented to the meeting also included a synopsis of 1,639 submissions as the result of a public exhibition period.
General Manager Jason Linnane said Council was notifying objectors about the decision this week.
“This is a matter that attracted significant community interest and Council appreciates the input from everyone who made a submission during the public exhibition period last year,” he said.
“Council’s role was to consider the merits of the road closure based on its role as a roads authority and did not include consideration of matters relating to mining approvals.
“As a result of the approval in principle, Council will now act to continue the formalisation of the road closure, with future reports to be prepared for Councils consideration regarding the sale of the Wallaby Scrub Road corridor.”
Arrangements are being made to implement the Wallaby Scrub Road Closure Plan, which includes Variable Message Signs to be placed at key loations several weeks before the road is closed to inform drivers.
Mr Linnane said Council would negotiate with the adjoining landholders in relation to the sale of the land.
“Formalising the closure of the road will allow Council to sell the road corridor, which would involve a valuation and negotiation process,” he said.
“Proceeds from the sale of the land will be re-invested in the local road network in accordance with the Roads Act, 1993.”