Mining companies understand land rehabilitation is fundamental to responsible mining. It is a critical factor for ongoing community acceptance and a key indicator for corporate reporting.
Planning for rehabilitation takes place long before mining commences. Rehabilitation is undertaken progressively during the life of a mine wherever practical.
Rehabilitation is central to the business of mining. Planning for rehabilitation takes place long before mining commences and is continually reviewed throughout the life of a mine. Rehabilitation occurs not only at the end of mining operation, but is undertaken progressively during the life of a mine wherever practical.
Rehabilitating Woodcutters mine
Newmont took ownership of the decommissioned Woodcutters lead-zinc mine in the Northern Territory as part of its 2002 acquisition of Normandy. Newmont has continued decommissioning, rehabilitation and monitoring activities at the site in partnership with the area’s Traditional Owners, the Kungarakan and Warai people.
Work is guided by the Woodcutters Agreement which details local employment, training and stakeholder commitments and Newmont’s aim is to return the land to Traditional Owners when agreed closure criteria and objectives are met.
See more case studies in our publication - Mine rehabilitation in the Australian minerals industry 25 Feb 2016.PDF
Peabody has progressed rehabilitation of its Wilkie Creek site in Queensland’s Surat Basin following the completion of coal mining in 2013 with over 60% of rehabilitation now complete. This includes backfilling of open cut voids, re-shaping of dumps and undergoing demolition and associated works. Included within the final landform planning process are paddocks and cattle watering systems to support the end land use of grazing.
Extensive community engagement continues to inform the planning for post-mine land use with grazing trials, including more than 50 cattle on a rehabilitated backfilled pit, delivering positive results for neighbouring graziers.
Read more here: Peabody Australia - Land Rehabilitation. pfd
Pictured below, Wilkie Creek Mine, 2007, 2008 and 2016.