Kemira Colliery

Kemira Colliery, Mount Keira

BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal
Land Management & Rehabilitation


Following the 1991 closure of the region’s oldest mine, Southern Habitat was invited to join the rehabilitation team as part of Illawarra Coal’s obligation to remediate the site.

Whilst the steep nature of the site presented a number of issues , over the next decade we worked with the client and other stakeholders to remediate the site whilst addressing number of additional challenges, including:

  • Damage by feral deer
  • Damage caused by trail bike riders
  • General trespassing
  • Working amongst heritage-listed buildings
  • Major landslide and sink hole


Southern Habitat revegetated an area of 30,000m2 with most works conducted on the steep mountain side.  From 2004, we installed jute mesh as an erosion control measure, followed by installation of over 10,000 native grasses, shrubs and trees.

We continued to monitor the site for the next 10 years, and were responsible for both scheduled and reactive maintenance, including:

  • Storm damage remediation works to lower embankment
  • Constructing and installing wire tree guards around plantings
  • Installation and monitoring of an electrified deer exclusion fence
  • Repairing a large sink hole using clay and grouting
  • Installation of a 10,478L water tank
  • Overseeing a deer eradiation (shooting) program
  • Monthly monitoring and reporting

We need team members to work on a variety of projects in southern and south-west Sydney. We offer a friendly,...
We're hiring! Apply now.
Help make a community-driven bulk shift to renewables by getting along to tonight's information session on...
Not another photo of a young person on a phone. Meet Jordan, one of our newest team members, using a GPS to map...
Every Friday, Jenny Simpson does a great job sorting through all our financial flotsam and jetsam. But not...
Congratulations to everyone at Green Connect for receiving a Westpac Foundation Social Scale-Up Grant. This...
Great reason to visit Canberra! This free exhibition showcases the top 13 new public greenspaces that have...
The man who ​thinks trees talk to each other
It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it! After recent severe flooding in Picton, we were asked by...