Anglo American has progressively rehabilitated its Dawson coal mine in Central Queensland including a 165-hectare pit originally used as a spoil dump and topsoil stockpile.
Mine rehabilitation on the pit started in 2012 with the aim of establishing the area for local farmers with a dam repurposed for livestock. Since then, cattle have grazed on the rehabilitated land and have shown strong weight gain.
Seeding at the site included native pasture grasses such as Queensland Bluegrass and Curly Windmill Grass. Shrub and tree species were also added including Brigalow, Silver-leaved Ironbark and Bottle Trees.
Aerial imagery technology has monitored the rehabilitation and found the continued development of good vegetation health and moisture storage necessary to sustain stable growth.
Anglo American is committed to long-term rehabilitation to deliver safe and stable landform for post-mining uses.
The company rehabilitated more than 400 hectares of mined land in 2020 using industry-leading technology and data analytics at its open cut coal operations in Central Queensland, the equivalent of more than 740 football fields.
Dawson is just one of Anglo American’s rehabilitation success stories. More case studies from across the Australian minerals industry can be found here.