Hamish Aiken Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Government
Abstract Mine Final Landform Design – Assessment by Department of Planning and Environment.
State significant development is regulated under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which requires applicants proposing coal mine developments to apply to the Department of Planning and Environment for development consent, supported by an EIS. Consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development, the EIS must give proper consideration to potential environmental, social and economic impacts during the mine planning process of which final landform design is a key component. The Department of Planning and Environment assesses proposed final landform designs against current best practice measures for the mining industry in NSW. Through this assessment process, improvements in design may be identified and required to ensure that potential mine developments can be managed to achieve appropriate final landform and rehabilitation outcomes consistent with best practice.