'Turning a new leaf on old mines'
November 29, 2011

We’ve borrowed the headline for this blog from the Newcastle Herald, which ran a story on Glencore Xstrata's rehabilitation at the former New Wallsend Colliery west of Newcastle, because it’s so fitting. 

 

It’s one thing to read about what happens after mining, but it’s a whole other thing to see it first-hand. Matthew Newton from the environmental services firm Umwelt took us on a tour of this site, which has been regenerated after more than 150 years of mining.

 

New Wallsend2
 

The infrastructure has been removed, old mine shafts have been sealed, contaminated material has been taken away, the land has been reshaped and a 500-metre section of Maryland Creek has been re-established. As you can see from these photos, there is now a good mix of native plants now growing on the site and the creek that had been affected by historical operations is now flowing and flourishing once again. 

 

New Wallsend

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