Glencore rehabilitation earns government certification

Glencore’s central Queensland open cut coal operation, Rolleston, has received government certification for another 166 hectares of rehabilitated mined land.

The Queensland government’s support means Rolleston has certification for almost 400 hectares of its rehabilitation, representing almost 40 per cent of the total amount of mined land.

Rolleston last received certification for 220 hectares in 2018, some of which is now being grazed by prized Charbray cattle.

Rolleston operations manager Andrew McDonald stated that the land at Rolleston was previously used for grazing cattle, and they intend on achieving this land use post-mining.

“It is very rewarding to receive further certification that shows our rehabilitation is delivering successful outcomes,” he said.

Rehabilitation is incorporated into daily mine plans and annual plans to ensure that this work is resourced, budgeted and delivered.

Such plans using including target areas for disturbance, areas for shaping, seeding, and forecasts for rehabilitation across the life of the mine.

Glencore’s Queensland environment & community manager Pieter Swart said the company’s strong focus on rehabilitation was driving excellent results.

“The certification at Rolleston follows a similar achievement at our Newlands operation in 2017, an we are confident of seeing rehabilitation at a number of our other Queensland sites achieving certification in the near future.”

“We have a focus on delivering quality rehabilitation that is capable for meeting an agreed post-mining land use.”

Swart said Glencore’s coal operations across Queensland and NSW would again achieve more than 1000 hectares rehabilitation in 2019, the fourth successive year the target has been achieved.

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