Originally published by World Coal.
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is continuing to build awareness of the work done by its member companies to make land available for other uses after mining ends with the launch of the next phase of its campaign on mine rehabilitation and how mining and farming work together.
Filmed at Anglo American’s Dawson Mine in Central Queensland, the new phase of the Minerals Council of Australia’s More to Mining campaign shows that Australian mining companies understand that land rehabilitation is fundamental to responsible mining.
MCA CEO, Tania Constable, said the Australian minerals industry recognises its responsibility as a temporary custodian of land to contribute to sustainable land use outcomes.
“Planning for rehabilitation takes place long before mining commences, and rehabilitation is undertaken progressively during the life of a mine wherever practical.
“Dawson is an outstanding example of best practice rehabilitation and we are pleased Anglo American took part in our campaign,” Constable said.
CEO of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the company was committed to ensuring that after mining, land was rehabilitated to provide ongoing value to communities.
“We invest in innovative approaches to rehabilitate land, and we completed more than 400 ha. across our two opencast Australian sites last year.
“Under our Sustainable Mining Plan, we direct our efforts to making sure that not only do we minimise impact, but that we seek to deliver positive and lasting environmental outcomes,” Mitchelson added.
The advertisement features a 165 ha. recently rehabilitated site at Dawson Mine, currently used by local cattle graziers.
During the rehabilitation process, a dam was repurposed to provide water for stock, and cattle grazing trials resulted in strong weight gain.
The More to Mining campaign is part of the broader There’s more to Australian mining campaign and builds awareness of the industry’s approach to its environmental responsibilities through a range of media channels.