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Government sign-off on Collinsville rehabilitation

Media statement
26 October 2020

 

Collinsville Open Cut operation in Queensland’s Bowen Basin has become the fifth Glencore coal mine to achieve Government sign-off on progressive rehabilitation of mined land.

Collinsville was notified this month that 99 hectares of rehabilitation over a previous mining area known as Belmore had successfully met all criteria required by the Department of Environment & Science for certification.

The Collinsville achievement follows certification of rehabilitation at Glencore’s Newlands (2017) and Rolleston (2018 & 2019) mines in Queensland, along with Westside (2020) and Ulan (2020) in NSW.

The Belmore site at the Collinsville operation was mined by open cut methods between 2000 and 2003.

The working pit was completely back-filled following the end of mining and rehabilitation of the area was completed in 2003-04. Since 2007, Belmore has been used for grazing cattle by a private landholder from a neighbouring property while rehabilitation monitoring of the area continued.

Two other mine voids have now been completely back-filled in recent years at Collinsville, the oldest operating mine in Queensland, while the site has also rehabilitated more land between 2012 and 2019 than it disturbed for mining.

“As we do at all Glencore operations, Collinsville has maintained a strong focus on integrating rehabilitation into annual life-of-mine planning and closure planning processes,” Operations Manager Phil Nobes said.

“As a result we are achieving some significant outcomes in rehabilitating a mine that has been operating for 100 years and Government sign-off on the Belmore area recognises this.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Media

Allyn Hamonet
m: +61 418 228 075
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Francis De Rosa
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Notes for editors

Glencore

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 commodities. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites and oil production assets.

With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial activities are supported by its global marketing network.

Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 160,000 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 Australia

Glencore has operated in Australia for over 20 years and holds significant interests in a range of commodity industries across all mainland states and the Northern Territory.

We employ about 18,720 people across the coal, copper, zinc, nickel and oil industries.

In 2019, Glencore contributed about $14.8 billion to the regional, state and national economies in Australia. The most significant economic contribution came from core business activities: employing people, sourcing from local communities, and paying taxes to host governments.

Glencore's coal business in Australia

Glencore is one of Australia’s largest coal producers with 16 operational mines across New South Wales and Queensland.

We provide employment for almost 11,000 Australians and in 2019 managed the production of about 119 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.