Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy

We are preparing the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) as part of the government's response to the 2015/16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

We anticipate that the rehabilitation strategy will be put in place during 2020.

About the strategy

The strategy seeks to set a safe, stable and sustainable landform for the Latrobe Valley coal mine voids and surrounding areas.

A total of $12.6 million has been committed to fund the preparation of the strategy which will be led by the department in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The Hazelwood inquiry found the most viable rehabilitation methods for the Latrobe Valley's three brown coal mines is pit lakes and the partial backfill below the water table.

We need more information to fully understand the viability of the pit lakes option.

Under the strategy, we're completing:

  • extensive geotechnical, groundwater and surface water studies
  • the assessment of potential regional impacts on the environment
  • evaluation of future land use options.

Our research will also provide a better understanding of issues around:

  • ground movement
  • fire risk
  • water availability
  • hydrogeological connectivity of the three mines
  • regional impacts on the environment.

Program summary

Further information about the LVRRS can be found in the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy program summary:

Page last updated: 22 Oct 2019