Year-old land rejuvenation slopes at Bathurst Resources'
Cascade mine, on the Denniston plateau, in 2012. Photo by
West Coast coal mine developer Bathurst Resources has
bought a 51ha cranberry farm in the Buller district as a
propagation nursery for replacement native trees and plants.
The listed Australian company has just been granted Overseas
Investment Office permission for the purchase, the cost of
which was undisclosed.
Following two years of court battles over the consents it was
issued by the two West Councils, which delayed the mining
start-up, Bathurst is expected to begin operations this
While it has acquired and has continued operation of small
mines at several places, including Cascade, on the Denniston
plateau, Bathurst is now getting coal from new area blocks on
Cascade is expanding from historical 45,000 tonnes production
to 150,000 tonnes, while the adjacent Escarpment is targeting
initial production of 500,000 tonnes.
The first coal is expected there by late March.
Bathurst said on purchasing the cranberry farm, it intended
to use the land and facilities at Mount Rochfort Rd to
propagate and rear native trees and plants, which would
ultimately be used for revegetation on areas it mines on the
Denniston plateau, above Westport.
Estimates on proved coal reserves have risen from 11.3
million tonnes to 13.1 million tonnes, Bathurst has reported.
• Bathurst expects its Takitimu mine, at Nightcaps in
Southland, to produce 200,000 tonnes of coal annually for
domestic supplies, while the recently purchased Canterbury
Coal, near Coalgate, west of Christchurch, will produce about
35,000 tonnes for dairy processing plants.