Hunter Valley locals will get a chance to see the success of a rehabilitated mine, with Rix’s Creek offering tours of its operations.
The tours will be held as part of the Hunter Mining Show’s Community Day on Saturday the 14th of March.
Rix’s Creek environmental officer Jason Desmond said his team is proud of what they have achieved at the site.
In the early 1990s, Rix’s Creek began trials of biosolid waste from Hunter Water’s Treatment Plants, which was then stockpiled and re-used in its pasture rehabilitation program.
The mine has been able to turn former mine workings areas back to useable grazing country, forestry and bushland.
“We can show that with the right management and employee commitment, former mine site areas can be returned to productive areas,” Desmond said.
“As such, this is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the broader community what we, as a coal mining company, are doing for the environment.”
“By offering these site tours to members of the broader Hunter region community, we can do our bit to demonstrate to people what the mining industry is doing in terms of mine rehabilitation.”
As part of the tour visitors will be able to see an active mine haul road, overall mine site infrastructure, and the mine’s rehabilitation program involving biosolids re-use.
Each tour is expected to take around 30 minutes, but due to safety requirements, all visitors are required to stay on the bus at all times.
Details of tour bus departure times, tour durations and locations will be provided closer to the event.