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Following the cancellation of Shenhua’s plans to mine on the Liverpool Plains, work is underway to regenerate the land for the benefit of the community and the environment.

The land formerly owned by Shenhua has been returned to the community. While some land has been sold to farmers, a 6,300ha parcel of land has been kept in public hands and is being managed by Local Land Services under a biodiversity project known as The Waratah Project.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the fight to push the Shenhua coal mine off the Liverpool Plains was hard fought, and ultimately won.

“Local Land Services has set up the Waratah project focusing on improving biodiversity in the area, supporting koala populations, and to investing in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage,” Mr Anderson said.

“So far, more than $2.7 million has been invested into the project, helping install new fencing, plant vegetation, undertake hazard reduction activities, maintain access tracks, and more.

“There has also been significant engagement with local landholders with 23 landholder agreements signed to ensure weeds and pests are managed around the Waratah Project site.

“This is good news, because more than 2,578 pest animals have been eradicated on the site with feral pigs, goals, deer, foxes, and cats targeted.

“Work has been undertaken in consultation with local aboriginal groups and businesses to ensure the cultural heritage of the site is surveyed and any significant sites preserved.

“This is an excellent outcome and I congratulate the great work of Local Land Services in setting up the Waratah Project.”

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