Wollongong, Australia: “The New South Wales (NSW) Government must find an appropriate balance between different industries and developments. No one group should be favoured over any other and it must continue consulting widely as it develops its land use plans. It’s a difficult job but it must get right if it is to ensure a strong future for our communities and our industries,” stated Nikki Williams, CEO, NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) at the Environment and Community Conference in Wollongong, Australia.
The Queensland Government is close to legislating its ‘strategic cropping land policy’ following an extensive process. Williams opined that there are lessons in the QLD policy development that NSW should take on board. She went on to say that there needs to be increased focus on mine rehabilitation.
“We must take the lead and address rehabilitation practices. No matter what we do to reduce the impact of mining, we’re always trying to do better. That’s why we bring experts from overseas like Mark Yinling, Vice President Environment and Conservancy at Peabody Energy United States to provide advice and share best practice on rehabilitation challenges.”
Williams added, “Mark will discuss the successful rehabilitation of agricultural land in the US and how the mining industry there can continue providing low cost energy while restoring productive lands through the use of proven technologies. The US experience could have significant implications for Australia and our industry.”