New Comprehensive Upper Hunter Rehabilitation Reporting Released

August 25, 2014

Nine Upper Hunter coal producers will today release new rehabilitation reporting for 2012 and 2013 at the NSW Minerals Council Environment and Community Conference held in the Hunter.  
 
The new reporting tool will provide greater transparency on local rehabilitation progress, and has been developed with community, agricultural, business, environmental and government representatives through the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue Joint Working Group - Land Management.
 
“There is a lot of good rehabilitation in the Upper Hunter, but it’s not always visible to the community. Reporting on the collective rehabilitation efforts of the industry will make the industry’s rehabilitation progress more transparent and help to drive continuous improvement,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.
 
The combined data shows that 1,163 hectares of land was disturbed and 895 hectares rehabilitated in 2012, giving a ratio of 0.8, meaning that for every 1 hectare disturbed, 0.8 of a hectare was rehabilitated.
 
More rehabilitation was completed the following year, with 1,148 hectares of land disturbed and 962 hectares of land rehabilitated in 2013, again resulting in a rehabilitation to disturbance ratio of 0.8.
 
At the end of 2013 there was 18,283 hectares of land disturbed by mining and yet to be rehabilitated in the Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shire local government areas.  This represents 1.12 % of the total land of the three Upper Hunter local government areas and is a slight increase on 2012 total of 18,098 hectares.
 
The data also shows that in 2013 there was a total of 9,145 hectares of mine rehabilitation across the three local government areas, an increase on the 2012 area of rehabilitation of 8,791 hectares. 
 
“While the nature of coal mining means that there will be years when disturbance outstrips rehabilitation, we want to be open with the community about what is happening on the ground,” Mr Galilee said.
 
“Rehabilitation is an ongoing process, and this new reporting tool will help track progress over the long term.”
 
In addition to providing comprehensive, combined data on rehabilitation for the Upper Hunter, each of the coal producers will also provide an annual report against six rehabilitation principles, developed to drive progressive rehabilitation and continuous improvement of quality. The data and principles are attached and all of the reports and the data can be found on the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue website www.miningdialogue.com.au.
 
Case studies highlighting rehabilitation projects undertaken by the members of the Dialogue can be found at the links below:
 

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