On 23 December 2019, the NSW Independent Planning Commission approved Origin’s application to modify an earlier major project approval (MP 07_0084) for the Eraring Ash Dam.

The approved modification application enables Origin to:

  • change how ash is deposited within the ash dam
  • extend the ash dam placement area 
  • relocate ancillary infrastructure including stormwater facilities

These works will provide an estimated 5 million cubic metres of additional ash storage capacity.

Establishing a Community Consultative Committee (CCC)

There were several approval conditions set down by the Independent Planning Commission including the establishment of a Community Consultative Committee (CCC).

The CCC will comprise of:

  • An independent chairperson
  • Up to 7 community and stakeholder representatives
  • A Council representative
  • Up to 3 representatives from Origin.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has completed the appointment of an independent Chair, and advertisements have been placed locally seeking nominations from local community members interested in joining the CCC.

Further reading

To find out more about the Eraring Ash Dam Expansion Project please visit the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment project portal website.