Authors: Lloyd, S

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Lloyd, S 2019, 'A stakeholder advisory committee as a mechanism to guide the preparation of a regional mine rehabilitation strategy: two years in, what have we learnt?', in AB Fourie & M Tibbett (eds), Mine Closure 2019: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 471-478,

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As part of the response to the findings and recommendations of the 2015/2016 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, the Victorian Government committed to preparing a regional rehabilitation strategy for the Latrobe Valley’s three brown coal mine voids by June 2020. Mine rehabilitation in a regional context within the Latrobe Valley is a complex issue with a number of stakeholders involved including the mine operators, the local council, water corporations, the local community and various government departments and agencies. Being able to engage all stakeholders through the life of a four-year project such as this can be a challenging task. To help in achieving this, the Victorian Government established the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. The Committee comprises representation from a range of stakeholder groups with a key interest in mine rehabilitation and is responsible for providing advice on the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) to the Victorian Minister for Resources and the LVRRS Project Team. The Committee has been operational for more than two years and has learned many lessons in that time. Susan Lloyd, Chair of the advisory committee highlights some of these.

Keywords: mine rehabilitation, advisory committee, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, consultation

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 2017, Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy Stakeholder and Community Engagement Strategy, Melbourne.
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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