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Glencore achieves certification for Rolleston coal mine rehabilitation

Media statement
5 July 2018


Glencore is very pleased to receive certification from the Queensland Government for the rehabilitation of 220 hectares of previously mined land at its Rolleston Open Cut coal mine in central Queensland.

This is the second time Glencore coal operations in Queensland have received certification for the quality of their rehabilitation. The Rolleston Open Cut accreditation follows last year’s certification of 73 hectares of rehabilitation at Glencore’s Newlands operations, the first time that rehabilitation of coal mine overburden spoil had ever been certified.

Since starting mining operations in 2005, the Rolleston operation has maintained a strong focus on progressively returning mined land to pasture, the agreed post-mining land use.

Rolleston Open Cut has now completed approximately 800 hectares of rehabilitation (or 8 square kilometres) with a further 175 hectares of rehabilitation scheduled for completion in 2018.

“We set very high standards for rehabilitation across our site and the results reflect a whole of mine involvement in planning and delivery,” Rolleston Open Cut Environment & Community Manager, Ken Dixon, said.

“Our people take a lot of pride in the rehabilitation work and this certification is the result of that team effort.

“The area that has been certified complies with conditions for sustainable post-mining use and in coming years will be used for grazing cattle.”

Glencore’s Queensland Environment & Community Manager, Pieter Swart, said the certification of rehabilitation at Rolleston and Newlands reflected a focus across all of the company’s coal operations on rehabilitating and restoring land progressively during a mine’s life, as well as when mining activities have ceased.

“We are very pleased to receive certification for our rehabilitation at Rolleston and Newlands,” he said.

“In the past five years (2013-2017), our Queensland sites have rehabilitated more than 2,100 hectares of land, which is equivalent to almost 3,000 rugby league fields.”

Learn more about Rolleston's rehabilitation work on our website.

Find information about Glencore's rehabilitation work in our Coal Mine Rehabilitation booklet (PDF 3.5MB).


For further information, please contact:


Allyn Hamonet
m: +61 418 228 075
e: Allyn Hamonet

Francis De Rosa
m: +61 417 074 751
e: Francis De Rosa


Notes for editors


Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.

With a strong footprint in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of more than 90 offices located in over 50 countries.

Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, oil and food processing sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 146,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Glencore's coal business in Australia

Glencore is one of Australia’s largest coal producers with 13 mining complexes—including 15 operational mines—across Queensland and New South Wales.

We employ 7,600 Australians and in 2017 managed the production of more than 88 million tonnes of thermal and coking coal, predominantly for export.

We have a strong safety and environmental performance and play an active role in the development of low emission coal technology.