Science leading environmental excellence in the mining industry

 

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) is a new model for workplace integrated researcher training. It will deliver restoration-industry-ready professionals focused on the needs of the mining sector, to enhance the capacity of industry to deliver improved financial, social and environmental outcomes. 

Scale and context are key drivers of research priorities for restoration. Thus there is a clear need to develop proven, cost-effective, and scalable restoration solutions. These restoration needs form the foundation of the CMSR. The CMSR is structured as six thematic research areas: restoration genetics, seed technology and enablement, rare species management, restoration ecophysiology, restoration trajectory, and mining industry policy extension.

Together these themes will create a multi-disciplinary, integrated training centre that complements the proponents’ substantial existing capacity in restoration research.

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration received Australian Government funding of $5 million through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program.

 

RESTORATION GENETICS

 

The latest DNA approaches to improve seed sourcing, plant performance, and biomonitoring restoration.

 

RESTORATION ECOPHYSIOLOGY

 

New tools for understanding plant function and condition for mine closure.

 

 

SEED TECHNOLOGY AND ENABLEMENT

 

Making every seed count in restoration through ‘smart seed’ technology

 

 

RARE AND RECALCITRANT SPECIES 

Enhancing conservation of threatened species impacted by mining

 

RESTORATION TRAJECTORY

 

Innovation in bio-indicators and spatial modelling for mine closure capability.

 

MINING INDUSTRY POLICY EXTENSION

 

Establishing a nationwide approach to mine closure policy.  


 

A new home for the CMSR at Curtin

 A new home for the CMSR at Curtin.  CMSR staff and students visiting the new office of the CMSR.

 

 

Science finds sense in rehab

SCIENCE will be applied to mine-site rehabilitation with the establishment of the Australian Research Council Centre for Mine Site Restoration at Western Australia’s Curtin University.

The $6.7 million research centre will be directed by Professor Kingsley Dixon to coordinate research between Curtin, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and The University of Western Australia, in partnership with Sinosteel Midwest, BHP Billiton, Hanson Construction Materials, Karara Mining, Cliffs Natural Resources, Mineral Resources, and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia.

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