Queensland's Mine Rehabilitation Requirements for Voids: Ensham Case Study

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The Ensham coal mine is an interesting case study of Queensland’s 2018 mine rehabilitation legislation reforms for open-cut mine voids in floodplains. The reforms establish two key principles of rehabilitation: that there could be no residual mine voids in flood plains and that progressive rehabilitation was to be secured by implementation of a Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan and accompanying schedule incentivised by a new financial assurance scheme. However, transitional provisions have permitted exemptions for existing mines in flood plains that risk a troublesome legacy for historically poor progressive rehabilitation practices and raise questions around community expectations for access to information and consultation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Resources and Energy Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2023


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