Batchfire Callide Mine rehabilitates more than 60 hectares of land in 2022
Batchfire is proud to have completed more than 60 hectares of final stage rehabilitation last year, as we remain focused on providing sustainable post mining land uses (PMLUs) for future generations.
As the land manager of more than 16,000 hectares across Queensland’s Callide Basin, our large-scale rehabilitation projects are world class.
“We are proud to be undertaking various benchmark rehabilitation projects across the Callide Resources area, further improving our sustainable land management practices in consultation with the local Traditional Owners, the Gaangalu Nation People, and leading environmental experts,” Batchfire Resources General Manager ESG and Development, Stuart Schmidt said.
Across the past five years alone, Batchfire has shaped over 300 hectares of rock spoil dumps, preparing the land for the final stages of topsoil placement, soil conditioning, drainage and stability management and seeding for future use while also enabling local flora and fauna to re-establish.
Over the next two years we will reach the final stages of rehabilitation for approximately 240 hectares at the Callide Mine; with works including drain construction, rock mulching, topsoil spreading and treatment, ripping, and seeding for bushland growth.
Over 60 hectares of previously shaped dump areas have been rehabilitated in partnership with contract service provider, Mine Support Services (MSS) in the recent 6 months.
Batchfire is also working closely with specialist seed suppliers to ensure a mix of native grasses, shrubs and trees that naturally occur within the Callide Rangelands are applied.
“The seeds used are mainly native plants and the area will be monitored annually through vegetation surveys, stem counts and assessing the biodiversity of the seeds that are germinating,” Batchfire Resources Manager Environment and Community, Maurice Gayler said.
The rehabilitated land will offer valuable future uses, both traditional and emerging, such as sustainable grazing, soil reconditioning for carbon sequestration, protecting areas of native forestry, and provision of land areas to maximise solar farm efficiency.
“This is a long-term process, and we anticipate that the rehabilitated land will take around 15-20 years to mature, at which point we can return the rehabilitated, stable, free-draining land, which is sustaining vegetation, to successive landowner control.”