New Commissioner to oversee Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation

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

This delivers on a key recommendation from the reopened 2015-16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

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.