Mine re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on agenda

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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.

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