The Maxwell Project is an underground coal mining development located east of Denman and south of Muswellbrook.

Malabar has committed to developing the area as an underground mine that would be vastly different from past proposals for the site.

It is Malabar’s strong view that this underground project can comfortably co-exist with other industries and land uses in the area.

At Malabar’s request, the NSW Government amended the exploration licence (EL) to give up the portion of the EL located beneath and to the south of the Golden Highway, and to restrict any future development to underground mining only.

In addition to this, and with the full support of Malabar, the NSW Government has added a further layer of protection, a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), to provide legal certainty that only an underground project can be developed within EL5460.

Throughout the planning process we have taken a number of practical steps to reduce our impact on the environment and the community. To that end, we will be using the established facilities at ‘Maxwell Infrastructure’ to process and rail all coal we intend to mine at the Maxwell Project.


Maxwell Underground Project Benefits

Update on the Maxwell Project 

Malabar formally took control of the Maxwell Infrastructure and EL 5460 on 26 February 2018.

Since that time, Malabar has gathered and carefully considered the community’s feedback as we developed our plans for the Project.  For more information about how we have listened and taken steps to address feedback from the community, click here.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Maxwell Project was submitted to the NSW Government and placed on public display in 2019. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) received 245 submissions –187 from the community, 44 from organisations, and 14 from government agencies.

We were pleased by the strong endorsement from the community, with c. 75% of submissions lodged in support for the Project. Such confidence in the Project recognises the many and real benefits the Maxwell Underground Project offers and the long-term engagement we have had with our communities.

The EIS is available to download online from DPIE’s Major Projects website.

The image below explains where we are up to in the process, and how you can provide feedback as we progress.

Project Process

 Project Documents

20/11/2019 Maxwell Project Submissions Report pdf
14/08/2019 Environmental Impact Statement link
06/2019 Community Newsletter (June 2019) pdf
27/12/2018 Gateway Certificate (Maxwell) link
23/08/2018 EPBC Act Referral (Maxwell Ventures) link
23/08/2018 Gateway Application (Maxwell) link
09/08/2018 Scoping Report link