In November 2016, the French company Engie announced it would close its Hazelwood power plant and mine in the Latrobe Valley on 31 March 2017. Engie made this decision on a commercial basis and because it is divesting out of brown coal assets. Read the Premier's media release on Engie's decision.
The Victorian Government is working with local community, industry, businesses, and local government to support them through this transition period and ensure the Latrobe Valley is strong and well prepared for the future.
To find out more about the specifics, visit the links below:
- For general information on mines in the Latrobe Valley, visit Latrobe Valley Coal Mines.
- For general information on mine rehabilitation, visit Coal Mine Rehabilitation in Victoria.
- To learn more about the rehabilitation strategy for the three Latrobe Valley coal mines, visit The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy.
- To find out about who is working on the committee advising on rehabilitation, visit Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee.
- To find out about the rehabilitation bonds paid by coal mines, visit Latrobe Valley coal mines' bonds.
- To keep up to date with rehabilitation efforts at Hazelwood and other Victorian coal mines, visit Annual Rehabilitation Reporting.
- For information on the energy aspects of the closure, go to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
- For information on how the government is supporting the region and its workers, go to Latrobe Valley Economic Development Program.