Authors: Feigl, A; Davis, B; Pratt, M; Kirwan, A; Millsom, B; Mozina, M; Rampal, E

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Feigl, A, Davis, B, Pratt, M, Kirwan, A, Millsom, B, Mozina, M & Rampal, E 2019, 'Understanding the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy and why it is essential', in AB Fourie & M Tibbett (eds), Mine Closure 2019: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 147-162,

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The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) seeks to set a safe, stable and sustainable landform for the Latrobe Valley’s three coal mine voids and surrounding areas. The strategy is currently under preparation, involving extensive geotechnical, groundwater and surface water studies, the assessment of potential regional impacts on the environment, and the considerationof future land use options. When completed by June 2020, the strategy will provide the Victorian Government and the community with the information required to understand the potential regional impacts of filling (either partially or fully) the mine voids with water to create pit lakes. Engagement with the community, the mine owners and other key stakeholders is an important element of the preparation of the LVRRS.

Keywords: mine rehabilitation strategy, mine rehabilitation planning, mine closure planning, Latrobe Valley brown coal mines, pit lakes, mine rehabilitation assessment approach, mining communities in transition

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions 2018, Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy, Earth Resources, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, viewed 8 April 2019,
Government of Victoria 1987, Planning and Environment Act 1987, Australia.
Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry 2016, Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report 2015/2016 Volume IV–Mine Rehabilitation, Melbourne.
State of Victoria 2016, Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Victorian Government Implementation Plan, Melbourne.

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