First Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation commissioner named

Professor Rae Mackay has been selected as the first Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation commissioner on the back of the reopened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

In March 2017, the Victorian Government introduced a bill to appoint a new commissioner to supervise mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley following the Hazelwood mine fire in 2014.

The commissioner was appointed as one of the recommendations from the reopened 2015-16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

Mackay, who is from the Latrobe Valley, will provide independent advice directly to the government on mine rehabilitation, oversee rehabilitation planning and help develop the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy.

He has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer, hydro-geologist and academic both in Australia and worldwide.

Mackay’s most recent role was a director of Federation University’s Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group based in Churchill.

His previous roles included serving as director of the Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research at the University of Newcastle and working in senior academic postings in the UK including as head of the Hydrogeology Research Group and School of Earth Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

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