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Wednesday, 29 August 1973
Page: 615

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(1)   How many strip mining operations are operating in Australia.

(2)   What is the (a) nature and (b) location of each of these ventures.

(3)   What was the (a) quantity and (b) nature of the mineral strip mined by each venture during each of the last 5 years.

(4)   What was the acreage of land mined in each of the same years.

(5)   What area of land in each mining venture has been reclaimed, and what were the methods by which this was achieved.

Mr Connor - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (5) Strip mining refers to open cut mining in which a body of valuable material, usually coal, is exposed and mined along the body of the strike. While strip mining is usually associated with the mining of coal other minerals are also mined in this way.

The supervision and control over mining operations is a matter for the Mines Department in each State. The detailed information sought in respect of each mining venture would be available in the individual State Mines Departments.

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