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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2009
17 Whitehaven Coal Limited -- Annual Report 2009 Achievements Continued progressive rehabilitation of the Tarrawonga site. A further 20 hectares of the out of pit waste emplacement has received rehabilitation treatment of reshaping, subsoil/topsoil replacement, drainage installation and seeding to cover crop. Approximately 4,000 tree seedlings were also planted over this period. Rehabilitation and landscaping across the pit top area of the Narrabri project including seeding and fertilizing, drainage installation and planting of approximately 300 tree seedlings for improved visual amenity of the pit top area. Finalisation of the Canyon Closure Plan. This plan provides the blueprint for completion of rehabilitation requirements at the Canyon site and establishes clear completion criteria requirements to enable appropriate review of rehabilitation outcomes prior to lease relinquishment. Ongoing rehabilitation of the Canyon site including planting of approximately 4,000 tree seedlings, seeding/fertilizing of reshaped areas, shaping of the final landform and establishment of appropriate drainage controls. Final reshaping to the void is expected to be completed by the end of 2009, with ongoing rehabilitation works and monitoring to continue in accordance with the mine closure plan over the next five years. Determination of the Whitehaven Regional Biodiversity Offset area, comprising 1,500ha of established woodland and areas for progressive regeneration. Whitehaven Coal Limited is one of the first mining operations to develop a regional offset proposal in accordance with the Department of Environment and Climate Change's BioBanking methodology. Establishment of the regional offset area is being undertaken with the full support of both the Department of Environment and Climate Change and Department of Planning as an improved environmental outcome to what was initially proposed in the development consent for the Canyon mine. On completion, management of the offset area will be undertaken in accordance with a management plan subject to annual review through the DECC. Whitehaven Coal Limited will also provide up-front in perpetuity management costs for the ongoing management of the offset area in accordance with the BioBanking methodology. Whitehaven Coal Limited has continued its support of two environmental cadets throughout the year providing scholarships for their ongoing studies at university and providing paid work opportunities on our mine sites during university breaks. Both cadets are from the local area and will have full time employment with Whitehaven's Environment team on completion of their studies in 2010.
Annual Report 2008
Annual Report 2010