New look for New Oakleigh mine

6 December 2013

Land rehabilitation at the New Oakleigh mine is progressing rapidly with the former open cut coal mine taking on a new look.

About 3.2 million cubic metres of material has been moved during rehabilitation of the site so far, and the work has seen a dramatic transformation of the former mine pit.

The New Hope Group’s West Moreton General Manager Kevin Rayfield said the crew at New Oakleigh were to be commended.

“Our crew at New Oakleigh are some of the best in the business and everyone can see just how good they all are with this impressive rehabilitation progress on display,” he said.

“Basically, the former mining pit is being backfilled and then contoured in preparation for revegetation and rehabilitation.

“It has been very satisfying for everyone to be able to see the great progress that has been made.

“Our aim is to rehabilitate this land back to a state fit for grazing again.

“We have had a few comments from local residents about how good the site is now looking.”

New Oakleigh was one of the last open cut coal mines in the Ipswich region when it finished coal mining operations in January this year.

Pick and shovel mining on the Oakleigh site is believed to date back to the early 1900s – and possibly the late 1800s.

The original Oakleigh Colliery company began in 1948 when the Rule family acquired the site.

New Hope bought the mine from then owners Sumitomo Coal in 1999, at a time when the declining export market and Australian dollar further increased pressure on local mining operations.