Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS)

The LVRRS is part of the Victorian Government’s response to the 2015-16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry and aims to provide guidance for mine operators to transition to a safe, stable and sustainable landform for the Latrobe Valley when its three brown coal mines are closed.

The LVRRS is being led by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) in partnership with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

As part of the development of the LVRRS, DELWP has completed a Regional Water Study. Regional geotechnical and land-use studies are also being undertaken to inform the development of the LVRRS.

Regional Water Study (RWS)

The Regional Water Study has assessed the feasibility of using water to rehabilitate the Latrobe Valley’s coal mines and what this would mean for the region’s other water users, the environment and local waterways.

The study has shown that if water is essential for safe and stable mine rehabilitation, it is likely to take decades to provide the volumes required. Water access arrangements for mine rehabilitation would need to be adaptive and well-informed, and under conditions that do not impact on water security and reliable access to water for residents, industry, farming, emergencies and the environment, including the Gippsland Lakes.

The Government is continuing to assess the regional risks to the natural and build environmental from mine rehabilitation options.

DELWP’s Regional Water Study will form part of the considerations of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy, which is due for completion in 2020.

Click here to access the Regional Water Study Fact Sheet. (PDF, 153.0 KB)

Click on the links below to view a summary of the findings of the work completed to date.

Page last updated: 16/04/20