Eliciting post-mining land use preferences and values: an open cut coal coal mine in New South Wales, Australia

Karin Fogarty

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Abstract

The study explores community preferences and attitudes toward mine rehabilitation and post-mining land use options of coalmines in New South Wales (NSW). A choice experiment (CE) was used to estimate the non-market values held for mine rehabilitation outcomes using a case study of a coal mine in the Central Tablelands of NSW. The CE results show that the NSW community holds value for mine rehabilitation that consists of post-mining land use (PMLU) combinations, especially combined solar and conservation. Respondents further preferred having access to rehabilitated land for recreation, less time needed to establish a PMLU, and creating more local jobs through the established PMLU. Mine rehabilitation practices that consider community preferences will lead to beneficial societal outcomes. The results will be helpful evidence-based policy-making and may improve community engagement processes for mine rehabilitation and closure planning.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Kragt, Marit, Supervisor
  • White, Ben, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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