Rehabilitation Principles and Commitments

All Upper Hunter mining operations are progressively rehabilitating land disturbed by mining to provide temporary or final cover to minimise land or 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 and reporting aggregate rehabilitation and disturbance data for all mining companies operating across the Upper Hunter.

Operating as one of the Dialogue’s key annual projects since 2012, the Rehabilitation Principles and Commitments project has seen industry members agree to a set of temporary and final rehabilitation principles and commitments that aim to decrease the periods of time that disturbed areas are left without temporary or final cover to minimise any impacts on the landscape or air quality.

These principles and commitments were developed in consultation with the Joint Environment Working Group members, with annual results reported back through the Dialogue’s Working Groups and Steering Committees.

This project has enabled the Dialogue to publicly report the collective progress of all Upper Hunter companies against the principles each year, with an annual report from each individual company also submitted and published.

There have been significant improvements in the total amount of rehabilitation undertaken in the Upper Hunter since this project was established, and the annual results can help the Dialogue demonstrate to stakeholders that progressive rehabilitation continues to be a priority for mining operations.

Please view or download our annual summary reports or individual company reports below.

Recent Results

Please click on the reports below for updated information from recent years. The 2019 report has a full table of results dating back to the first year of this project in 2013.




Annual Upper Hunter Company Rehabilitation Reports

Each year, sites provide a written report to accompany their figures that provides some additional information regarding their rehabilitation practices and priorities over the past reporting year. Please click on the reports for each company below.

Bengalla Mining Company1

2019 Report – Not submitted


2014 Report – Not submitted

The Bloomfield Group (Rix’s Creek North and South)


MACH Energy Mount Pleasant Operation

Malabar Coal – Maxwell Infrastructure (formerly Drayton coal mine)

Muswellbrook Coal Company

Peabody Energy (Wambo)

2016 Report – Not submitted

Yancoal2 (includes HVO, MTW and Ashton Coal Operations)

2018 Report – Not submitted

Former Members


Anglo American4


  1. The Bengalla Mining Company commenced operation of the Bengalla site formerly owned by Coal & Allied in September 2015. Bengalla participated in the 2016 project in a limited capacity by providing figures, however has not submitted a report. Previous data is included in the Coal & Allied reports (now included under Yancoal).
  2. Yancoal acquired control of Coal & Allied assets in 2017. Ashton Coal Operations and MTW are now reported in Yancoal’s total results. Yancoal entered into a joint venture with Glencore in relation to the HVO site, with reporting for HVO now included under Glencore’s total results. Ashton Coal Operation’s annual reports are now included as part of Yancoal’s reporting as of the 2017 calendar year. 
  3. The Integra site is no longer operated by Vale. In October 2015, Bloomfield and Glencore assumed operation of these sites and rehabilitation results from these respective sites are contained in either the Bloomfield or Glencore reporting documents from 2015 onwards.
  4. Anglo American had limited involvement in the project by providing data for the 2016 project, however did not provide a 2016 report against the rehabilitation principles, as they are no longer members of the NSW Minerals Council or the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue. The Drayton site is now operated by Malabar Coal and rehabilitation on this site is reported under Maxwell Infrastructure.
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