The dilemma of rehabilitating Australia’s mine pits

Hazelwood lake
For an idea of how vast the shuttered Hazelwood brown coal mine is, look closely at the picture below. In the centre, below the lake, is what looks like a toy tipper truck, spreading soil over the smoothed edges of the eastern shoreline. But across the water, below the sprinklers constantly dousing the exposed coal to prevent another fire, are the miniscule specks of three utes, a crane and a grader. Credit: supplied

Once Australia’s pit mines are out of commission, what will be done with the massive voids left behind?

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