Have Your Say on Old Mine Sites

The State Government has released its Abandoned Mines Discussion Paper today and they’re asking for feedback from communities on how to manage old mine sites.

Old mine site
Mines Minister Anthony Lynham says Queensland has a rich mining history, but with that comes a legacy of old mine sites which need managing from a safety and environmental perspective.

“With mining technology evolving over the past century these old mines can also offer us opportunities to re-commercialise them using contemporary practices and techniques to get them restarted.”

“Queensland is leading from the front in repurposing old mine sites – as demonstrated by the Kidston Solar Project as just one shining example. What was once the focal point of gold mining in Queensland is now a $126 million solar farm.”

“Similarly, after the disclaiming of the Texas Silver Mine the Government improved the site’s water management infrastructure to prevent any spillage into the surrounding environment and then facilitated the mine’s re-commercialisation, with it being handed to a new mining company in October 2017.”

Two discussion papers will be released for feedback on a range of reform ideas. One paper is for feedback on how to manage the state’s abandoned mine sites.

The other paper allows for feedback on how to monitor and manage risks with current mining operations that end up back IN Government hands or are disclaimed or change ownership.

“We’re seeking feedback from the community, all industries and traditional owners on how to continue to nurture the best possible rehabilitation and economic outcomes for Queenslanders.”

Public submissions for the reports will close at 5pm, on July 16. Provide input or view the discussion papers here.