Mine rehabilitation on agenda
WORKING in the mines is one thing, but when those mines close, leaving the pits open and workers out of jobs, nobody benefits.
The State Labor Government’s mine rehabilitation policy, which promises job opportunities for the region, was launched on Friday by Environment Minister Steven Miles and Mackay MP Julianne Gilbert.
“If we can successfully incentivise and require mining companies to start that rehabilitation work, it could literally create thousands of jobs right across regional Queensland,” Dr Miles said.
The policy that came into effect on Friday applies to new mining projects and will be progressively applied to existing mining projects over the next 10 years.
Mines will have to agree with local and state governments on what the future land use of the area might be and that will set the standard for rehabilitation.