Glencore’s Rolleston open-cut coal operation in Central Queensland has received certification on another 166ha of rehabilitated mined land.
The Government sign-off means Rolleston now has certification for almost almost 40 per cent of the total amount of mined land that has been rehabilitated at the site.
Rolleston also achieved certification for 220ha of its rehabilitation last year, some of which is now being grazed by Charbray cattle.
“Before mining commenced at Rolleston, much of the land was used for grazing cattle,” Rolleston operations manager Andrew McDonald said.
“That is the land use we are aiming to achieve post-mining, and it is very rewarding to receive further certification that shows our rehabilitation is delivering successful outcomes.”
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Glencore’s achievement underscored the industry’s commitment to world-class rehabilitation.
“The Queensland resources industry is committed to returning mined land to post mining uses which ensures ongoing economic opportunities for the area,” he said.
In financial year 2018/19 the Queensland resources industry invested $74.3 billion into the State’s economy and supported more than 372,000 full time jobs while only using 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.