ILUKA Resources has talked up its “industry benchmark” rehabilitation of mine sites back to productive agricultural land as the company moves to open a new venture at Balranald.
Iluka eastern operations manager, Dan McGrath told a meeting of local government and business group representatives last month that the mineral sands mining company went “above and beyond” minimum requirements.
“(Rehabilitation operations manager Hamish Little) and his team have got quite a lot of achievements to be proud of in this area,” Mr McGrath said.
“Iluka is clearly the benchmark, best practice outcome for rehabilitation in this area and probably for the mineral sands industry in general.
“With the model that we use for planning rehabilitation, measuring its effectiveness and managing it though the life cycle back to the long term return to pre-disturbance state; there’s not a stipulation in Victoria that we use that.”
Iluka also displayed a series of images comparing mineral sands mining sites with their starting condition, mining life cycle and rehabilitation efforts.
The company’s displayed former sites which had returned to agricultural product at productivity levels the same or better than before the company leased the land.
Given that Iluka is a public-traded company, costs and benefits were two themes that came up frequently in the presentation.
Mr McGrath was not shy in declaring Iluka’s core goal
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, March 8, 2014