The BCS Consortium, made up of Cammel Consulting, SoilCyclers and Innovate Enviro, collaborated to combine their wealth of knowledge and depth of understanding of the issues and costs facing mining and CSG operators to achieve sustainable rehabilitation of their sites.
In a breakthrough METS Ignited project, funded by the Queensland Government, the BCS Consortium used recycled coal mine overburden to make topsoil and partially treated mine void water to generate grass coverage in six weeks at Idemitsu’s Ensham mine site.
This collaboration between three Queensland small businesses has successfully demonstrated revegetation of the site, using mine waste streams to supplement missing components, is not just possible, but improves on existing practices. This project provides commercially viable options to deal with the site’s topsoil deficit and offers opportunities for commercial uses post-mining.
Following the success of the project, Cammel Consulting and Innovate Enviro have recently started a new collaborative company BeyondLOM to further their work in maximising efficiencies and enhancing sustainability during and beyond the life of the mine.
SoilCylers have also leveraged the great results achieved during the project with their recent recognition as winner of both the iCutter Industries Environment Award and the Overall Bowen Basin Mining Club Contractor of the Year for 2022.