Overseeing our future: Rehabilitation Planning for the Valley and Experiences from Germany

On 12 December 2018, Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner (LVMRC) Emeritus Professor Rae Mackay and Technical Specialist Rhonda Hastie delivered presentations on the recently published Latrobe Valley Rehabilitation Monitoring Framework 2018-20 and rehabilitation lessons from Germany.

A total of 68 people attended the event, which included two Q&A sessions to enable members of the community to ask any questions they had about mine rehabilitation. The presenters, as well as representatives from the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy team, were also on hand before and after the presentations for individual discussions.

Dr Jane Burton, Director of Coal Resources Victoria acted as MC for the evening, presenting the acknowledgement of country and introducing each presentation.

Prof. Rae Mackay spoke on the development and operation of the Latrobe Valley Rehabilitation Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The Framework was designed using a log framework, with the major components of the framework presented in four tables, one for each key group involved in rehabilitation planning (LVRRS, Mine Licensees, Integrated Mines Research Group and Public Sector organisations). While the framework identifies activities that will take place in future years, it has been designed specifically to be most relevant for the period up to the completion and publication of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy. Prof. Mackay noted that the goal of the Framework is to help build confidence in all aspects of rehabilitation and closure planning.

The Framework:
+ requires no new documentation
+ sets out key areas of interest for planning
+ highlights the extent of work underway and still required
+ elaborates possible risks
+ permits early evaluation of progress
+ is focused on the next two years.

Click here to download a copy of the Framework.

Click here to download a copy of the presentation slides.



Rhonda Hastie presented on her learnings from a study tour in Germany, encompassing the Rhenish lignite mines and the 2018 international Mine Closure conference in Leipzig. She provided an overview of the key similarities and differences between German and Latrobe Valley brown coal mines, the German approach to progressive rehabilitation and the extent of community involvement in rehabilitation planning. Using the Inden Mine as a case study, she explained how a local German community was able to change rehabilitation planning to achieve their preferred final landform. She also noted that the German approach was to view mining as a temporary land use, with preliminary closure and rehabilitation activities occurring right throughout mine life.

Click here to download a copy of the presentation slides.


Question and answer sessions were held following each presentation. Click here to download an overview of both Q&As.


NB: for texts in German, use translate.google.com to translate text into English

Leipzig Region New Lake-land Touristic Water Network: https://gruenerring-leipzig.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/leipziger-neuseenland-prospekt-engl-web.pdf

Lake Markkleeberg: http://www.markkleeberger-see.de/

Virtual Excursions:  https://www.braunkohle.de/11-0-TagebauaussichtspunkteExkursionen.html

Indeland Corporation: https://www.indeland.de/

Questions about Indesee: https://www.rwe.com/web/cms/mediablob/de/2859730/data/1761264/2/rwe-generation-se/presse/mediencenter/braunkohle/7-Fragen-zum-Indesee.pdf


Prof. Rae Mackay presentation (PDF)



Rhonda Hastie presentation (PDF)



Notes from Q&As



Latrobe Valley Rehabilitation Monitoring Framework 2018-20 (PDF)