The Dialogue has researched a variety of potential beneficial post-mining land uses for mine voids that will benefit Upper Hunter communities in the future. One of the long-term community concerns associated with mining in the Upper Hunter is what will happen to the mining assets once active mining ceases in the region? To better understandLearn more Beneficial Reuse of Voids
The Dialogue has analysed water samples across the Upper Hunter to determine if any impacts to water quality arise from mining in the region. The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue has been testing river and mine storage water quality in multiple locations in the Upper Hunter as part of the Hunter River Water Quality (HRSTS) Assessment.Learn more Hunter River Water Quality (HRSTS) Assessment
The Dialogue reports annually on mining industry water use and reuse in the context of the Hunter River and other water users via a Water Accounting Framework. The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue has implemented the Minerals Council of Australia’s (MCA) Water Accounting Framework to enable the Dialogue to quantify the water used by mining operationsLearn more Water Accounting Framework – Mining’s Water Use
The Dialogue is supporting industry studies which demonstrates that rehabilitated mine land can support long-term sustainable and profitable cattle grazing in the Upper Hunter. An Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue trial of grazing beef cattle on rehabilitated mining land showed rehabilitated mined lands can be used as commercially-productive pasture after mining has ended. The Upper HunterLearn more Cattle Grazing Studies
All Upper Hunter mining operations are progressively rehabilitating land disturbed by mining to provide temporary or final cover to minimise land or air quality impacts. Acknowledging increasing community concern about a lack of transparent information about mine rehabilitation, the Dialogue established a project to improve transparency of awareness of the progressive rehabilitation by collating andLearn more Rehabilitation Principles and Commitments
The Dialogue has analysed data to determine how air quality in the Upper Hunter has changed and how the changes compare with other locations.