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Today the Board of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry delivered the fourth and final volume of its 2015/2016 report to the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, at Government House.

The final volume of the report relates to mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley and provides short, medium and long term options for rehabilitation of the mines, and a review of the current rehabilitation liability assessments and rehabilitation bond system.

The delivery of the final volume of the report marks the conclusion of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, which was reopened on 26 May 2015.

Since then it has delivered four volumes of its report which, investigated the fire risk at the Anglesea Mine for the 2015/16 summer, whether there was an increase in deaths as a result of the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire, opportunities to improve health in the Latrobe Valley and mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley.

Chair of Board, Justice Teague thanked all those who had contributed to the Inquiry. “We have covered a great deal in the last 10 months and we wish to thank all those members of the community and those from community groups and organisations, who took time out of their day to work with us. We also wish to thank all the panel members, witnesses and experts who contributed to our investigations in a truly open and honest manner.”

Justice Teague continued “I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Anita Roper who due to a medical condition could not be here today. Her work during her time at the Inquiry was invaluable and both Professor Catford and I along with the staff from the secretariat wish her all the best in her recovery.”

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2016