Milestone for coal mine rehabilitation

  • Posted 15 March, 2021
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15 March 2021

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has joined the Resources Minister, Scott Stewart, in congratulating Glencore coal on its transformation of previous open-cut mining areas at Oaky Creek coal mine to native vegetation with the potential for grazing.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the e certification of 133 hectares of rehabilitated land at the mine is proof positive that the resources sector is committed to fulfilling its environmental obligations.

“This is not a one-off. It is the fifth successful certification application in the past three years by a Glencore site in Queensland and the seventh across Glencore’s Australian coal business” said Mr Macfarlane.

“Achieving government signoff to return mined land to the agreed post-mining purposes is no mean feat, requiring a deep commitment by the company and its employees.

“The resources sector, which is responsible for one in every six jobs and one in five dollars of our economy, has kept us afloat through covid and continues to provide the raw materials the world needs while delivering sustainable rehabilitation outcomes for future use.

Located 90km North-west of Emerald in the heart of Queensland’s Bowen Basin, Oaky Creek coal mine produces high quality steel-making metallurgical coal for export, with six million tonnes produced in 2020.

Click here for more information about the resources sector’s rehabilitation efforts.


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