Grazing trials on rehabilitated mine land and use of recycled water for its operations are among the measures that have seen the New Acland coal mine recognised nationally for its sustainable business practices.
Owner New Hope Group has been named the 2016 ABA100 Winner of the Australian Business Award for Sustainability.
Managing director Shane Stephan said the award was testament to the company’s commitment to sustainability.
“It has always been the company’s vision for the land at its New Acland mine to ultimately be returned to a sustainable, profitable agricultural enterprise,” he said.
“Not just at the end of mine life, but as mining operations progress. It’s not just the right thing to do environmentally but it also makes good business sense to return
the land as quickly as possible to an environmentally sound, sustainable and profitable enterprise.
“This award demonstrates industry best practice rehabilitation is being achieved at New Acland. It also clearly demonstrates the compatibility of mining and agriculture.”
The win automatically qualifies New Hope Group’s submission to participate in the international chapter of the program at the World Business Awards.
The New Acland mine, in the Darling Downs region, produces about 5 million tonnes per annum of export thermal coal and provides direct jobs for around 275 locals and 507 contractors.
The company’s pastoral arm, Acland Pastoral Company (APC) was established 2006, as a farming, grazing and land management enterprise based at the New Acland mine.
APC is currently in its fourth year of scientific grazing trials looking at livestock production performance on rehabilitated.
Crop irrigation on the site as well as the mining operations use recycled water allocated to New Acland from the Toowoomba Wetalla Waste Water Treatment facility.
The company’s submission for the Australian Business Award for Sustainability also highlighted its environmental conservation, protection and improvement works to revegetate buffer zones along local waterways to create koala habitat and wildlife corridors.
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