This is the final Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry progress report, concluding the Inspector-General for Emergency Management's responsibility to monitor the progress of the implementation of recommendations and affirmations from the 2014 and 2015–16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry reports .
It summarises implementation progress (to July 2022) of the five Victorian Government actions and one recommendation directed to the Latrobe Valley coal mine operators that were reported as in progress in IGEM’s Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Implementation of recommendations and affirmations – Progress Report 2021.
Program of reform
Since the commencement of the reform program, significant progress has been achieved to improve emergency management planning and coordination, health outcomes, and mine regulation and rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley.
In summary all:
- 246 actions set out in the Victorian Government Implementation Plan are now either closed or complete
- 14 recommendations and affirmations directed to health agencies are complete
- 26 recommendations and affirmations directed to coal mine operators are either closed or complete.
Conclusion of Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry monitoring
The completion of these reforms is a significant milestone and a commendable achievement for both the organisations responsible for their implementation, and for the Latrobe Valley community.
Many implemented improvements are system-wide and cater for all emergencies, benefitting all Victorians. Highlights from IGEM's time as implementation monitor include:
- improvements to public communication and warnings – including the development of the VicEmergency app
- enhanced smoke plume modelling and air quality monitoring – including the Latrobe Valley Air Monitoring network co-designed by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and the Latrobe Valley community
- the establishment of the Latrobe Health Assembly and a series of initiatives to improve the health outcomes of the Latrobe Valley community
- significant increases to rehabilitation bonds ensuring that the cost of mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley would be borne by the coal mine operators.
IGEM commends all stakeholders for implementing this broad-ranging program of reforms.
You can access the report from the link below or view as a flipbook .