Oaky Creek rehabilitation earns government approval
Glencore’s Oaky Creek Coal operation in Queensland’s Bowen Basin has achieved government sign-off on 132.8 hectares of rehabilitated mined land.
Resources Minister Scott Stewart made the announcement during a visit to Oaky Creek at the weekend to look at the site’s rehabilitation work, including the two areas that were submitted to government for certification assessment.
This is the fifth successful certification application in the past three years by a Glencore site in Queensland and the seventh across Glencore’s Australian coal business.
A strong focus on progressive rehabilitation has also resulted in Newlands (2017), Rolleston (2018 & 2019) and Collinsville (2020) achieving sign-off in Queensland, meaning almost 700 hectares of rehabilitated land (equivalent to more than 1,150 football fields) has now achieved certification.
Glencore’s New South Wales operations at Westside (2020) and Ulan (2020) have also achieved government sign-off on areas of their rehabilitation.
Oaky Creek Operations Manager Dave Stone said the certification covered two areas on the site that now supported native vegetation and potential for cattle grazing.
“The rehabilitation is across a 60 hectare area known as G5S, which was mined in the 1980s, and a 72 hectare area called Grasstree, where mining finished in the 1990s,” Mr Stone said.
“These areas have now reached maturity and demonstrated species reproduction from seeding, two of the key criteria required under the certification process.
“As progressive and responsible miners, we will continue to work on achieving completion criteria for other areas of rehabilitation across our site.”
Oaky Creek completed a further 369 hectares of rehabilitation in 2020.
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