All the latest in NSW mine rehabilitation and environment news
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29 June 2021
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Registration is now open for the NSW Mine Rehabilitation Forum to be held online on 8 September 2021 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 

The free webinar is an opportunity for both the Resources Regulator and industry to share experiences, lessons learnt and promote leading practice in mine rehabilitation.

The day will cover the implementation of the new compliance and reporting reforms for mine rehabilitation and new regulations under the Mining Act 1992. Participants will also hear about the rehabilitation reforms as well as discuss the Targeted Assessment Programs (TAPs) over the last two years which have focussed on tailings management, soil and material management, as well as landform establishment.

EOI now open for presenters

Expressions of interest are sought from industry and consultants who believe they can share their experience and learnings on mine rehabilitation, with a particular focus on rehabilitation risk assessment and implementation of risk controls in a relevant field. An information pack and application form are available on the event page. Submissions close 31 July 2021.

Click here to read more, book tickets and download the EOI application

Enforceable undertakings accepted

We have accepted enforceable undertakings from Hi-Quality Waste Management Pty Ltd (operator of Windellama Clay Mine near Goulburn) and Hi-Quality Quarry (NSW) Pty Ltd (operator of Kemps Creek Central Shale Mine near Penrith) following an investigation into alleged mining without an authorisation.

Combined, both undertakings require a minimum spend of $160,316 and include environmental and community project funding, payment of royalties and rent and levy fees, as well as payment of the Regulator’s agreed costs.

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Cancellation of Exploration Licence 8967 near Wellington

A mining exploration licence in the Great Western Plains region of NSW has been cancelled following an investigation which identified a range of compliance and conduct issues.

Exploration licence 8967, issued to Kris Hetherington to explore for Group One minerals (gold) near Wellington, was cancelled effective from 17 May 2021 on the basis that the Regulator was satisfied the title holder had been undertaking mining without authorisation and was not a ‘fit and proper person’ to hold a mining authorisation.

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Successful rehabilitation at former Catherine Hill Bay mining areas

We have published a Rehabilitation Information Release following the successful completion of rehabilitation on part of Consolidated Coal Lease 706 (CCL706) (1973) held over the former Catherine Hill Bay coal preparation plant, coal bin, and coal stockpile areas. The completed rehabilitation works include the capping of the former coal loading bins. 

Read the full RIR and view the drone footage

Rehabilitation of Western Emplacement Area at Ravensworth Operations

In June 2019, significant soil erosion was observed at a waste rock emplacement (Western Emplacement Area) at the Ravensworth Operations open cut coal mine north of Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley, during an inspection as part of a state-wide compliance operation.

Subsequent regulatory action has resulted in the effective rehabilitation of the WEA at the mine including refining a geomorphic landform design methodology and implementing a rehabilitation construction quality plan and rehabilitation scorecard process.

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Operational Rehabilitation Reforms: submissions published

Public consultation on the draft guidelines to support the new rehabilitation standard conditions and associated requirements has been completed, with submissions closing on 30 April 2021. We received eight written submissions from interested parties and stakeholders which have been published on our website.

Next steps?
All submissions, including online forms and feedback received during public consultation will be considered to finalise the Regulation. Once implemented, there will be a 12-month transition period for large mines and a 24-month transition period for small mines.

View the submissions

Latest compliance audit reports

We routinely undertake compliance audits of mining operations and exploration activities to assess whether title holders are meeting their compliance requirements and to identify opportunities for improvement.
Our most recent compliance audit reports can be viewed below:
View all our audit reports

In case you missed it

The following are recent publications and updates available on our website:


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