New focus on better restoration
be expected to progressively rehabilitate as land becomes available for rehab...
— Steven Miles
THE Queensland Government is making sure large mines across the state are properly rehabilitated, protecting the environment and creating more jobs in the resource services industry.
Speaking during a visit to Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek coal mine, south-west of Mackay, Steven Miles said the changes proposed to financial assurance and rehabilitation would apply to new and existing mine operations.
“These next generation laws will ensure taxpayers are no longer left to foot the bill for failed mines or stranded assets,” he said.
“For the first time mines will be expected to progressively rehabilitate as land becomes available for rehab, and their performance will be audited and publicly reported.
“Their financial assurance will also accurately reflect the cost to rehabilitate the amount of disturbance caused. The government is responding to recommendations from the financial assurance review and has released a discussion paper for public comment. This policy will apply to all new mines and also be progressively applied to large operating mines to ensure there is a level playing field.”