Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation

Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy

The Victorian Government is preparing a Regional Rehabilitation Strategy as part of its response to the 2015/16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) will examine and address some of these key knowledge gaps and unresolved issues associated with the pit lake rehabilitation option.

Ultimately, the LVRRS seeks to set a safe, stable and sustainable landform for the Latrobe Valley coal mine voids and surrounding areas.

A total of $12.6 million has been committed to fund the preparation of the Strategy which will be led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The preparation of the Strategy will involve extensive geotechnical, groundwater and surface water studies, the assessment of potential regional impacts on the environment, and the evaluation of future land use options.

It will provide Government and the community with the information required to understand the potential regional impacts of filling (either partially or fully) the mine voids with water to create pit lakes. Completing these investigations will provide a greater understanding of issues regarding ground movement, fire risk, water availability hydrogeological connectivity of the three mines and regional impacts on the environment.

The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy will be in place by June 2020.

Find out more information about the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy here.

Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner

The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017 was introduced in May 2017 to establish the statutory office of the Commissioner to monitor and audit mine rehabilitation, and consult local communities.

The Commissioner will provide independent advice directly to the Government on mine rehabilitation and help develop the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy.

The Commissioner is required to work closely with the community, stakeholders and the Latrobe Valley mine operators – and oversee individual rehabilitation planning for each of the coal mines.

It will also work in partnership with the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee.

The Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner’s plan is based around four points:

  • Safe: lowering risk to public health and safety, and the environment, both within and outside the mine;
  • Stable: ground instability and adverse ground movements in and around the mines will be minimised as far as practicable;
  • Sustainable: long-term beneficial use of the land form will be determined; and
  • Strategy: goals regarding the rehabilitation of the mines will be made clear to the mine owners, government and wider community.

Click here to learn more about the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner.