World-class rehabilitation on show in grazing study

April 08, 2016

Results from the cattle grazing study being conducted at Rio Tinto Coal & Allied’s Hunter Valley Operations continue to show that NSW mine rehabilitation is world class. 
 
The four year project is looking into the effects of grazing cattle on rehabilitated mine land, as compared to a non-mined control site. Conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, the study is producing some impressive results.
 
NSW Minerals Council Chief Executive Officer Stephen Galilee said that these final results continue to show that mine rehabilitation in NSW has the potential to restore land to a state better than what it was before mining took place. 
 
“We can see from this study that cattle being grazed on rehabilitated mine land gained weight at a more considerable rate compared to those grazing on the non-mined land.”
 
“Angus steers grazing on rehabilitated land have weighed in at an average of 764 kilograms compared to 611 kilograms for steers on the control site, demonstrating that with the right land management, rehabilitated mining land has the potential to be more productive than land that has never been mined,” Mr Galilee said. 
 
“It’s a great example of how mining and farming can co-exist in the Hunter, and how the same land can be used productively by both of these important industries over time,” he concluded.
 
The trial will continue when a further 20 steers are introduced to Hunter Valley Operations in the next few months to allow for further data to be collected from the rehabilitated paddocks.
 
Contact: Nat Openshaw | nopenshaw@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419
 
 

More News

Confirmed NSW case of mixed dust pneumoconio..

February 03, 2017

The first new confirmed NSW case of mixed dust pneumoconiosis since the 1970s is a stark reminder of the need to ensure the NSW ...

Leard State Forest activists ignore the law ..

March 31, 2014

Activists in the Leard State Forest are recklessly choosing to place themselves, site workers, and emergency services personnel ...

New campaign to stand up for Drayton miners ..

October 26, 2014

Miners and local businesses call on NSW Govt to act in new ad campaign

Sign up for more information and Updates from NSW Mining