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Queensland to enhance its world leading mining rehabilitation framework

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Queensland to enhance its world leading mining rehabilitation framework

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Legislation introduced into Parliament today brings a new suite of Queensland mine rehabilitation regulations and establishment of an independent statutory position of Rehabilitation Commissioner.

Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill) was the next step in the government’s plan to improve mine rehabilitation and create jobs in Queensland.

“This Bill is the next step in our government’s plan to improve mine rehabilitation and create jobs in Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.

 

“In 2018 our government passed important mine rehabilitation laws and this Bill delivers on the commitment we made at that time to establish a Rehabilitation Commissioner,” she said.

The EPOLA Bill includes the establishment of the Rehabilitation Commissioner as an independent statutory position, which will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on rehabilitation performance and trends across Queensland.

Ms Enoch said the Commissioner would work closely with the community and industry stakeholders and deliver rigorous, scientific, and independent advice and recommendations regarding rehabilitation, to be used by the government and industry.

The EPOLA Bill also includes amendments to the residual risk framework.

The government says these amendments will ensure that any remaining risks on former resource sites are appropriately identified, costed and managed. This will ensure that taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill for costs that arise after a resource site is surrendered.

Ms Enoch said the Queensland Government had listened to feedback from stakeholders and the legislative updates would deliver clarity for the sector and trust for the community.

“I have also announced today the establishment of an industry implementation working group, that will allow government and industry to work through the details of implementation,” Ms Enoch said.

 

Originally published by Industry Queensland.


 

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