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Farmland rehabilitation offers promising results

Jo Sheppard.
Jo Sheppard. Kevin Farmer

NEW Hope Coal's New Acland operation is a well-known and significant business within the Surat Basin region, employing 300 employees, 35% of whom live in nearby Oakey and 45% in Toowoomba.

What some may not know about New Acland is that it leads the world in its commitment to the long-term rehabilitation of mining land.

Acland Pastoral Company is a fully owned subsidiary of New Hope Coal.

The Pastoral Holding covers 10947ha, including 2180ha of cropping.

The mine lease covers 1500ha, with only 350ha mined at any one time.

In 2012 APC began assessing the commercial productivity of rehabilitated mining land.

The trial compared the performance of cattle grazing on rehabilitated mining land returned to sub-tropical pasture with cattle grazing undisturbed, established pastureland.

Analysis of weight gain performance grazing as well as soil and pasture productivity tests has shown positive results - initial indications supporting the very real potential for mined land to be rehabilitated to a commercial level of grazing capability.

The work is world-class.

I have arranged an industry tour on December 5 for those interested in seeing Acland's progress.

Tour numbers are limited, so contact me as soon as possible.

Topics:  environment landcare mine rehabilitation