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There are 60,000 abandoned mine sites across Australia according to mining report

Friday 17th of February 2017 10:07:45 AM



A report that raises concerns about how land rehabilitation is managed as the mining boom ends, states that more than 60,000 mines have been abandoned across Australia.

There are few reliable statistics on the state of Australia’s mines and there is evidence that only a small portion had even been fully rehabilitated, according to the Australian Institute of research.

State government agencies were only able to name one example of a mine that had been fully rehabilitated and relinquished in the past 10 years — the New Wallsend coal mine in New South Wales.

Some of the abandoned mines date back to gold-rush days and the 60,000 figure includes thousands of mine "features", such as tailings dams and old mine shafts.



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