Moves to address post-production mining in the Hunter

The Cessnock Local Government Area has a long and proud history of mining, and Cessnock City Council is focused on finding ways to facilitate better use of old mine sites and land.

The Cessnock Local Government Area has a long and proud history of mining, and Cessnock City Council is focused on finding ways to facilitate better use of old mine sites and land.

Cessnock and Singleton councils met with NSW Mining Minerals Council’s CEO Stephen Galilee in Sydney yesterday to discuss the role of mining companies in the long term rehabilitation of open cut mines.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this is a good first step in establishing the way forward for industry and could have very beneficial long term benefits for our local government areas.  

“There needs to be research not only into the environmental impacts but into the economic potential of post-mining lands and in particular final voids.”  

“We have a unique opportunity to work together and come up with possible solutions to better utilise these lands and unlock their potential.”  

“I look forward to further opportunities in partnership with the NSW Minerals Council to lobby the NSW Government for increased funding through their Resources for Regions program for mine affected councils.”  

Cessnock City Council will continue to work collaboratively with industry and our neighbouring council to achieve a positive result for the entire region and community.