VICE PRESIDENT OF SHENHUA GROUP VISITS GUNNEDAH
Shenhua Watermark received the Vice President of China Shenhua Energy Company Limited, Mr Wang Yongcheng, along with fellow delegates from China on the 29 and 30 July 2017. The delegation commenced their visit with a presentation from Mr Paul Jackson, Shenhua Project Manager, which included an overview of the Project and an update on the status moving forward. A site tour was also undertaken to provide the guests with first-hand knowledge of the site.
During his visit, Mr Wang met with Mayors from Gunnedah Shire Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and Tamworth Regional Council. During the meetings, Mr Wang appreciated the support of the local councils and showed Shenhua’s confidence by pushing forward with the project on a win-win scenario with the local community. The Mayors extended their congratulations to Shenhua on reaching agreements with NSW government on the EL renewal.
Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council, Cr Jamie Chaffey, welcomed the delegation to Gunnedah and said, “Our region has a long history of Coal mining that dates back more than a century, and I am pleased that the Watermark project will ensure this industry will continue for many more years to come.
The $5 million Community Fund for projects in the region have enabled support for the development of our region’s economy, and supported projects have enhanced and maintained the environment, improved important local facilities and developed and promoted local training and employment opportunities.
Shenhua’s commitment to the project and to Gunnedah inclusive of the wider community must be commended…. as too, the way in which the local Watermark team has embraced and become respected members of our town.
Gunnedah Shire Council has a fresh and strong approach to economic development and diversity within our Shire and is enthusiastic that the projected extra 900 plus direct and indirect jobs, would provide employment opportunities within the community and provide an economic stimulus to the wider region, with recommendations in the Watermark planning reports for staff to reside in the Gunnedah region. And most importantly ...jobs for our children and their children to come.”
Cr Andrew Hope, Mayor of Liverpool Plains said, “It was important to be provided with information on how the Project will progress to encourage community and business confidence.”
Tamworth Regional Council Mayor, Cr Col Murray said, “It was pleasing to receive an update on the Project and to be able to relay this message back to the business community who will be eager to see the Project come to fruition.”
Vice President of China Shenhua Energy Company Limited, Mr Wang Yongcheng with fellow delegates from China are pictured with Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Mayor Andrew Hope and staff from Shenhua Watermark.