Victoria, Australia’s earth resources regulator has released its strategy to drive better rehabilitation of mine, quarry and other resources sites, and to build public confidence in the sector and the jobs it supports.
Earth Resources Regulation’s Regulatory Practice Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites aims to help operators plan and rehabilitate sites over the full life cycle of a mine or quarry project, rather than after extraction is complete. It also sets out how the regulator will do more to improve site rehabilitation by approving better rehabilitation plans, estimating rehabilitation liabilities, and undertaking education and enforcement.
The strategy will give landholders and communities confidence that the final landform will be
safe and stable when operations cease. “Effective site rehabilitation underpins confidence in both the resources industry and the regulator – the commitments made upon approval of a project must be fulfilled when it is finished,” said Earth Resources Regulation’s Executive Director Anthony Hurst.
Rehabilitating sites can provide communities with valuable long-term assets. The Royal Botanic
Gardens in Cranbourne, and Niddrie’s Newport Lakes and Valley Lake are all former quarries, noted Earth Resources Regulation officials.
Delivering the strategy is consistent with the regulator continuing to provide clearer processes to increase certainty for operators, local governments and communities. It will be refined over time based on practical experience and feedback.
The Regulatory Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites is available here.