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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.

Rehabilitation reports

Rehabilitation information releaseName Date publishedLocation
RIR20-06Horsley Park Quarry rehabilitation1 July 2020Western Sydney, NSW
RIR20-05Ulan Coal Mine22 June 2020Mudgee, NSW
RIR20-04Fieldsend Clay Mine returns to native bushland4 June 2020Metford, NSW
RIR20-03Westside open cut returns to bushland15 May 2020Wakefield, NSW
RIR20-02Catherine Hill Bay Coal Preparation Plant rehabilitation achieves residential land use6 May 2020Catherine Hill Bay, NSW
RIR20-01Kempsey Clay Mine rehabilitation27 April 2020Kempsey 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
IIR19-08Improving progressive rehabilitation at Whitehaven's open cut coal mines1 August 2019Whitehaven, NSW