Mining heavyweights team up for rehabilitation
The partnership, Growing Together, aims to return mined land to agricultural use, and support the re-establishment of native plant species using the latest reclamation methods.
It kicked off with employees from both companies working together to plant more than 4000 eucalyptus trees across a 90ha Dawson site where mining activities have ceased.
They were joined by about 40 students from Moura and Banana State Schools and Traditional Owners from the Gangulu Nation.
The planting included a pilot of biodegradable COCOON planting technology. The COCOON pods require 100 times less water than traditional methods and can support a young plant through its critical first year with an accessible reservoir of water and moisture.
Chief executive officer of Anglo American’s metallurgical coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the project was a great example of like-minded companies coming together to support sustainable mining practices in the region.
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