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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
42 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 5 Environment Our rehabilitation e orts are subject to annual monitoring by appropriately quali ed and independent ecologists to provide advice on rehabilitation progression toward completion criteria set out in our management plans. The annual monitoring report for our Canyon site (under closure) has con rmed that pasture establishment areas are progressing towards a condition class equivalent to those in non-mined control plots. Similarly, as our woodland rehabilitation areas become more mature, the ecological functionality of these areas increases. Our recently approved Maules Creek project has developed what we consider to be a comprehensive rehabilitation management plan that takes into account the cumulative impacts of other mining operations in the general precinct. Our rehabilitation management plans relevant to our Tarrawonga, Rocglen and Werris Creek operations are also based on current best practice, with these plans being relatively new following recent project approvals. Whitehaven also owns a substantial area of land around its operations, which act as a bu er, or have been acquired as a consequence of predicted impacts. It has been usual practice for a large proportion of these properties to be leased back to the original landowners to enable the continuation of agricultural practices on these properties. The remaining properties have been licensed to the agricultural sector to experienced farmers to ensure minimal impact on agricultural production. Management and maintenance of these properties are de ned in the lease and licence agreements established with the landholders with speci c reference to control of noxious plants and feral animals and the adoption of up-to-date farming and livestock management practices, in an endeavour to maintain and improve the integrity of the farming asset. A number of local agents are utilised for the selection of appropriate farmers and to review the farming practices applied with the licence and lease requirements.
Annual Report 2012