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MINE REHABILITATION COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS TO BEGIN

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry is commencing community consultations in Morwell and Traralgon on the 4th and 5th August 2015, focusing on mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley.

The consultations will provide community members the opportunity to inform the Inquiry about how they want to see mine rehabilitation take place in the valley.

“We encourage people to come along and tell us the ideas they have for the long-term rehabilitation of the mines in the Latrobe Valley. Community opinions will be part of the evidence used to shape any recommendations we make,” said Bernard Teague, chair of the Board.

Summaries of the general community consultations will be posted on the Inquiry’s website after the conclusion of the consultations.

Community consultation sessions are just one of the ways in which the Board of Inquiry is collecting information about the Hazelwood mine rehabilitation.

Community members are also encouraged to make written submissions. Written submissions regarding mine rehabilitation will be accepted up to 5.00pm on 17 August 2015.

Anyone wishing to register to attend a community consultation or requiring assistance with their written submission should call the Inquiry Secretariat on 1300 556 034.

Community consultations into the long-term health and wellbeing of the Latrobe Valley community will be held on the 17th and 18th of August in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon. Further details about these consultations can be found on the Inquiry’s website hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au and will be promoted within the Latrobe Valley in the coming weeks.

The Inquiry will also be holding public hearings into fire planning and preparations at the Anglesea Mine for the 2015-16 summer on 30 and 31 July in Anglesea.

For more information about the Inquiry, community consultations and how to make a submission visit hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au, call 1300 556 034.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015