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❝will Mines

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.”

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