Rehabilitation

Effective site rehabilitation following mining and quarrying operations protects people, land, infrastructure and the environment.

From initial exploration activities through to operations and eventual site closure, it is important to consider how mines and quarries can be returned to a safe, stable and sustainable landforms.

The obligations of mine and quarry operators extend beyond the life of their licences. Before work starts a licence holder must provide a financial security in the form of a Rehabilitation Bond to ensure work can continue even if they were to default on their obligations.

In February 2020 the Regulatory Practice Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites (PDF - 2.1 MB) was released. It aims to help mine and quarry operators across the State plan and rehabilitate sites over their full life cycle.

By the end of June 2020, the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRSS) will also be released. The strategy supports rehabilitation planning and decision‑making for the Latrobe Valley’s three brown coal mines and is a response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry recommendations.

The LVRRS will be overseen by the Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority, which will advise the Minister for Resources about mine rehabilitation. The authority will replace the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner from 30 June 2020.

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Page last updated: 16 Mar 2020