$108m set aside in NSW budget to remediate disused mines

The Berejiklian government will spend almost $108 million to remediate the state’s disused mine sites in a move welcomed by both environmentalists and the mining industry.

Next Tuesday’s state budget for 2021-22 will set aside $107.7 million over the next 10 years for its Legacy Mines Program, up from the $2.8 million spent in 2019-20.

The NSW government will spend almost $108 million over the next decade to rehabilitate old mining sites across the state.

The NSW government will spend almost $108 million over the next decade to rehabilitate old mining sites across the state.CREDIT:DOMINIC LORRIMER

The funds will primarily go to areas where mining ceased between 50 and 100 years ago, such as Captains Flat in the Southern Tablelands.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said during a visit on Tuesday to a recently rehabilitated mine site at Mount Thorley Warkworth in the Hunter Valley that these legacy mines in regional communities were operating long before the “requirements we have today for managing chemical use” and rehabilitation were introduced.

Read the full article published in the Brisbane Times 15th June 2021