North Cliff Colliery In Dharawal National Park

The defunct colliery is located on land in the centre of (but not part of) the new Dharawal National Park, a few kilometres to the south of Campbelltown.

It is leased by BHP-Billiton from NSW Crown Land.

Coal mining ceased on the site over twenty years ago and when (if) the lease extinguishes, the old head frames will be demolished and the land “restored” to native bushland. Even the lake will be destroyed. Which is a great pity because I think the headframes could be heritage listed and I know of a great way to utilise this existing open space and lake.

2012-07-20 North Cliff West Head Frame Vertical View
2012-07-20 North Cliff West Head Frame Vertical View
2012-07-20 North Cliff West Head Frame & Jet 2
2012-07-20 North Cliff West Head Frame & Jet
2012-07-20 North Cliff West Head Frame & Jet
2012-07-20 North Cliff West Head Frame & Jet
2012-07-20 North Cliff Lake
2012-07-20 North Cliff Lake
2012-07-20 North Cliff East Head Frame
2012-07-20 North Cliff East Head Frame
2012-07-20 North Cliff East & West Head Frames
2012-07-20 North Cliff East & West Head Frames

All images © R.Powell

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4 Comments

  1. Interesting video, Tony. I have previously seen your Panoramio images of North Cliff (alongside mine) on GE. I have also heard the gases escaping. 😦

    This very tiny area is probably the only open area in the Dharawal National Park and it should be treated as an asset to be utilised. I am aware that some people may disagree with that and would like to see it restored to “natural bushland”, to be lost forever in this huge Park of natural bushland.

    There are many potential uses for such a site. It is directly off a fairly well maintained fire trail. A visitor’s centre with convenience facilities for instance. Weather station, aircraft monitoring, air pollution recording, fire lookout, bushwalkers shelter, a base for other park pursuits or an NPWS depot, whatever.

    Some of the private pursuits which are permitted in various NSW National Parks include: exploration, touring, sightseeing, bush walking, ornithology, picnicking, cycling, horse riding, snow skiing, canoeing, fishing, sailing, swimming, 4WD touring, caving, aboriginal archaeology, rock climbing, whale watching and shooting. Many of these have an impact over wide areas of the Parks where they operate. I would like to see it used at night for astronomy, a pursuit as valid as the aforementioned, which would impact only on this very tiny fraction of one per cent of Dharawal.

    My regards. 🙂

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