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The Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner

In the final Volume of its 2015/16 Report, The Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry recommended the statutory appointment of a Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner.

The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017, which amended the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990, sets up the statutory office of the Commissioner.

The Commissioner is independent and will lead and coordinate planning and improvements to mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley.

The Commissioner will be responsible for leading and facilitating community and stakeholder engagement activities related to mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley.

The Commissioner will also provide advice on the development of policy, legislation and regulation relating to mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley

The Commissioner's objectives are to:

  • provide assurance to the community that the Government and the Latrobe Valley coal mine licensees are planning for the rehabilitation of coal mine land, and implementing the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy
  • promote active participation of community and stakeholders in the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy, and
  • promote the effective and consistent rehabilitation of coal mine land in accordance with the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy.

The Commissioner's functions are to

  • monitor and audit Latrobe Valley licensees' rehabilitation activities
  • promote information sharing between parties
  • inform the general public of matters relating to coal mine rehabilitation
  • advise the Minister on the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy and post-closure maintenance of coal mining land, and
  • carry out investigations referred by the Minister.

The Commissioner will also work with mine operators and Government departments and agencies to resolve rehabilitation issues as required.

The Victorian Government has appointed Professor Rae Mackay to be the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner.

 You can read about the Government's announcement here.