Objectives of the Study

  • The key objective of the land use study is to evaluate future land use options and ensure that the final safe, stable and sustainable rehabilitated sites are able to support productive and high-quality land uses which benefit the communities of the Latrobe Valley, Gippsland and Victoria.
  • The government will identify the potential land uses that may occur from pit lake landform scenarios at different scales, such as inter-mine, catchment and regional scales. It will analyse the potential social and economic effects of particular land uses and the potential regional measures that could be taken to avoid, minimise or enhance economic and social impacts.

The study is a key input to the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS), the government’s response to the findings of the 2015 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry (HMFI).

  • The HMFI found that there were significant uncertainties around the closure and rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley’s three brown coal mines. The Board of Inquiry found that, with the current knowledge available, some form of pit lake was the most viable rehabilitation option for the mine voids, but that there remain many unresolved answers concerning the possibility of a pit lake scenario.
  • The LVRRS is led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

More information

If you need further information, visit the The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS)* website.

*The LVRRS is led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.