The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS)
The Latrobe Valley’s three brown coal mines – Hazelwood, Yallourn and Loy Yang – have fuelled most of Victoria’s electricity generation since 1924. Hazelwood closed in 2017 and Yallourn and Loy Yang are planned to close by 2032 and 2048 respectively. Each of the Latrobe Valley brown coal mine operators are required to develop a plan to rehabilitate the mine sites in order to achieve a safe, stable and sustainable landscape once mining activity ceases.
A reopened Inquiry into a coal fire that burned for 45 days at Hazelwood in 2014 found that using water to create ‘pit lakes’ in the areas where coal has been mined is likely to be the most viable way to achieve safe and stable rehabilitation of the mines. However, the Inquiry recognised that significant knowledge gaps existed in relation to this rehabilitation option, and recommended further investigations be carried out.
These investigations – geotechnical, water and land use planning studies – have been undertaken as part of the Victorian Government’s preparation of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (or LVRRS). The studies, which were carried out by technical specialists from 2017 to 2019, considered the regional benefits and risks associated with stabilising the mine pits (or voids) by creating pit lakes. Further information about the findings of each of these studies can be found here.
The Strategy will provide information on the:
• regional risks that need to be considered and addressed in rehabilitation plans;
• feasibility of supplying water if required for safe, stable and sustainable rehabilitation; and
• possible future land uses for the rehabilitated sites in a regional context.
The Strategy will take the form of a guidance document, meaning that the final landforms of the mines and surrounding regions will not be prescribed by the Strategy. Rather, the Strategy will set desired objectives and a clear pathway for decision-making to allow for the mine operators, community and Government to agree the best rehabilitation plan for each mine in light of the circumstances at the time of rehabilitation, noting this may be decades into the future
The final Strategy is due to be prepared by 30 June 2020.
LVRRS Overview - Have your say
Drawing on the findings of the technical studies over the past three years and the views of stakeholders consulted to date, the LVRRS Overview has been prepared to guide the final Strategy. Government seeks community and stakeholder feedback on the Overview.
Feedback is sought on the Strategy principles (Chapter 4 of the LVRRS Overview) between 20 November 2019 and 17 January 2020 and will be used to inform the finalisation of the Strategy.
Purpose of the Survey
The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is seeking your views on the LVRRS Overview. This will help inform the finalisation of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy.
How your information will be used
This survey is voluntary, and all information requested by the Department of Job Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is optional for you to provide.
Information about your age, gender, the area you live in, and what stakeholder group you belong to help DJPR understand you. Questions about your views on the LVRRS Overview help DJPR understand your concerns and priorities. If you choose not to answer some or all of the questions, it may affect the overall value of the survey results.
Information provided by survey participants will be aggregated and de-identified by DJPR. The results will be compiled into a report prepared by the LVRRS Project Team and shared with LVRRS project partner the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. This will provide an overview of the demographics (age, gender, postcode and stakeholder group) along with a narrative of the feedback to the key questions answered.
A summary version of the report will also be made available via Engage Victoria. This report will then be used to assist the Victorian Government’s development of the final Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy. Individual responses will not be published.
Providing DJPR with your name and/or email is address is optional. These details will only be used to keep you updated about the development of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy.
DJPR will not disclose your personal information outside of the department without your consent, except where required to do so by law.
You may contact us to request access to your personal information at email@example.com. Please note, if you do not provide your name/email address we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction, or require technical support.
The LVRRS Project Team will publish a report of feedback and themes received through Engage Victoria following the conclusion of this consultation. This report will be emailed to the LVRRS distribution list and those who pariticipate in this process and provide email contact details.