The Australian Resources Sector operates in an increasingly challenging context of lower commodity prices with higher capital and operational costs, along-side changing community expectations over land access, increased governance, and public scrutiny, particularly with the rise in activity in the gas sector. In spite of considerable amounts of expenditure on rehabilitation of mined landforms, progress in waste characterisation, landform construction, mine water treatment and vegetation establishment, it is apparent that achieving sustainable rehabilitation still presents many challenges for mining companies.
SMI Knowledge Transfer, is pleased to host the 2nd Workshop on Australian Mine Rehabilitation, AMR2013. This bi-annual Workshop will once again be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from 7-8 August 2013. Prior to the Workshop on 6 August, a short course that addresses the fundamentals of mine rehabilitation practice and practical methods will be offered. Following the workshop, SMI Knowledge Transfer in conjunction with Iluka Resources are pleased to offer AMR 2013 delegates the opportunity to participate in a one day field visit to Iluka’s FIFO Jacinth-Ambrosia Operations.
This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for industry and government personnel, professional consultants and NGOs to learn from observations and advances in practical long term rehabilitation management including assessment of rehabilitation risk at the pre-feasibility stage of projects. Other key issues include: implications of climatic extremes, the low carbon economy, innovative approaches to ecosystem establishment, and integration of appropriate emerging technologies and research into landform design and management.
The workshop theme, “Planning for Rehabilitation Success”, emphasises the need for companies to understand that rehabilitation outcomes and residual environmental risks are often determined by the decisions made during planning of resource development projects. Mine planning must include flexible, risk-cognisant strategies allowing opportunities for innovation between traditional departments of geology, mining, mineral processing, project finance, environment and community relations with respect to managing on-site rehabilitation.
Keynote presentations at this workshop will address;
(1) Rehabilitation Planning - the business case for improvingrehabilitation standards;
(2) Critical Landform Design;
(3) Implications of a low carbon economy; and
(4) Managing regulator and community expectations on rehabilitation standards.
As the focus of the workshop is on Planning For Rehabilitation Success, innovative approaches in on-site rehabilitation establishment and management will also be
considered together with emerging technologies and research.