A Community Consultation meeting held in Portland on 11 August was well attended by over 50 interested members of the public.
During the presentation, we advised that we have experienced significant delays with the transfer of Crown Land and resolution of the Boral Mining Leases. We are approximately 1 year behind our target program. Despite these delays and uncertainty, AWJ has decided to progress with the preparation of a Planning Proposal for re-zoning of the site, which Lithgow City Council are requiring to be approved before any Development Applications will be considered.
This is a strong commitment to the town and understandable carries considerable risk given the Planning Proposal includes land that is not yet owned by AWJ.
Some positive announcements included:
- Lithgow City Council have approved some amendments to the subdivision of the heritage cottages on Williwa St, which will allow the subdivision to commence, and the cottages offered for sale.
- The Glen Museum has almost completed a restoration of the Casino Building and we are in the process of negotiating a Licence Agreement which could see occupation by the Museum this summer.
- We are having some very positive discussions with Wallerawang CAS branch and NSW Fisheries to investigate the viability of stocking trout and Murray Cod in some of the dams on site.
- We have received interest from Internationally renowned artist Guido Van Helton to paint the cement silos. See below an example of his work from Brim in Victoria (photo credit ABC News). If we can agree terms he may be available to start this summer.