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The NSW Resources Regulator is responsible for regulating rehabilitation under the Mining Act 1992 and the conditions of the relevant mining lease. This includes:

  • ensuring rehabilitation is carried out progressively, that is, as soon as reasonably practicable following disturbance
  • ensuring rehabilitation achieves the approved rehabilitation objectives and rehabilitation completion criteria requiring proponents to prepare and implement a mining operations plan (MOP) / rehabilitation management plan (RMP)
  • requiring proponents to prepare and submit an annual rehabilitation report that demonstrates how rehabilitation is progressing against approved performance measures and timeframes
  • ensuring rehabilitation activities achieve the final post-mining landform and land use(s) approved under the development consent
  • monitoring and enforcing rehabilitation activities to ensure that exploration and mining-affected land is left in a safe and stable condition.

The Regulator uses a range of regulatory tools under the Mining Act 1992 to ensure that rehabilitation is undertaken in a timely manner and in accordance with approved commitments.

Exploration and mining rehabilitation reports

The Exploration and Mining Rehabilitation report is a bi-annual report published to provide information about our regulatory activities under the Mining Act. By publishing this information, we aim to increase transparency, community and industry confidence in our regulatory activities and increase levels of voluntary compliance.

Rehabilitation Information Releases

Rehabilitation information releaseName Date publishedLocation
RIR20-06 Horsley Park Quarry rehabilitation 1 July 2020 Western Sydney, NSW
RIR20-05 Ulan Coal Mine 22 June 2020 Mudgee, NSW
RIR20-04 Fieldsend Clay Mine returns to native bushland 4 June 2020 Metford, NSW
RIR20-03 Westside open cut returns to bushland 15 May 2020 Wakefield, NSW
RIR20-02 Catherine Hill Bay Coal Preparation Plant rehabilitation achieves residential land use 6 May 2020 Catherine Hill Bay, NSW
RIR20-01 Kempsey Clay Mine rehabilitation 27 April 2020 Kempsey NSW
IIR19-12 Rehabilitation at the former Nymboida Clay Mine 2 October 2019 Nymboida, south west of Grafton, NSW
IIR19-10 Improving rehabilitation, sediment and erosion controls at Castillo Copper exploration project 4 September 2019 Castillo Copper exploration project, Cangai, NSW
IIR19-08 Improving progressive rehabilitation at Whitehaven's open cut coal mines 1 August 2019 Whitehaven, NSW

Mine Rehabilitation News

Mine Rehabilitation News is an online newsletter published quarterly by the NSW Resources Regulator covering the latest mine rehabilitation outcomes, events, publications and environment news.

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For further information
Resource Operations
+61 (0)2 4063 6600
PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Resource Operations, Mining, Exploration and Geoscience, Department of Regional NSW, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map
W B Clarke Geoscience Centre
+61 (0)2 4777 7800
947-953 Londonderry Road, Londonderry, NSW 2753 Map
Resource Economics Unit
+61 (0)2 4063 6713
Resource Economics Unit, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Division of Resources and Mining, PO Box 344 Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310 Australia
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Australia Map