Glencore has received an official certification from the Queensland Government after rehabilitating 220 hectares of mined land from its Rolleston open cut coal mine 140km southeast of Emerald, Queensland. The rehabilitation represents an area around six-and-a-half times the size of Disneyland.
The company plans to rehabilitate 947 hectares by the end of the year as part of its efforts towards mine relinquishment. It hopes to eventually return mined lands in the region to their previous state, which was suitable for livestock grazing.
Operations began at Rolleston in 2005 under Xstrata, prior to its merger with Glencore in 2013.
Glencore is the majority owner of Rolleston with a 75 per cent share in the project, which it holds in a joint venture (JV) with Sumisho Coal Australia and ICRA Rolleston (12.5 per cent each).
Upon commencing operation, the team committed to returning the landscape to a grazing condition once works had finished.
The certification is the second for Glencore’s coal operations in Queensland — the company received one for the rehabilitation of 73 hectares of overburden spoil at the Newlands coal operation in July last year, a first for the Bowen Basin.
From 2012-2016, 53 per cent of land disturbed by Glencore coal operations in Queensland was rehabilitated.
Applauding the certification, Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane called it an example of the sustainability of mining in regional Queensland.
“Queensland’s coal industry adheres to some of the highest environmental standards in the world with a strong focus on the rehabilitation of land post mining,” he said.
“The Queensland resources industry is committed to sustainable environmental practices, including world-class rehabilitation, which ensures our resources are developed to our best advantage for local economies and local communities.”