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An Australian-first project has lured scientists to Perth from across the globe to work with resources companies on restoring huge tracts of WA land left barren after mining is done.  

The $6.7 million new centre at Curtin University is led by botanist Kingsley Dixon, former director of science at Kings Park and 2016 WA Scientist of the Year. 

Western Australia’s Curtin University is collaborating with mining companies at a new $6.7 million research centre to apply world-class science to the rehabilitation of retired mine sites.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR), directed by botanist Professor Kingsley Dixon of Curtin’s department of environment and agriculture, is coordinating research between the university, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and The University of Western Australia (UWA).

The centre, based at Curtin and with satellite activities at UWA, Perth’s Kings Park and several mine sites, will focus on six key research areas: restoration genetics, seed technology and enablement, rare species management, restoration ecophysiology, restoration trajectory, and mining industry policy extension.

Australian biologists spent decades last century trying to figure out how bushfires led to the regeneration of native flora, before the pieces fell into place for a Perth academic on a trip to Africa in the 1990's Kingsley Dixon said he barely slept on the flight home once he had realised he might have made a significant discovery in the field, one which many years later helped him earn the WA Scientist of the Year award (2016)...

Media release

Wednesday 26 April 2017 

A $6.7 million research centre based at Curtin University will partner with mining companies to apply world-class science to the rehabilitation of retired mine sites.

The ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR), directed by eminent botanist Professor Kingsley Dixon of Curtin’s Department of Environment and Agriculture, is coordinating research between Curtin University, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and The University of Western Australia (UWA).

In addition, the CMSR is supported by major industry partners including Sinosteel Midwest Corporation, BHP Billiton, Hanson Construction Materials, Karara Mining, Cliffs Natural Resources, Mineral Resources, and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. 

A scarcity of information about disused mine sites is leaving the public in the dark on the clean-up costs from New South Wales’ mining boom, a new report has found. The report, released by the Australia Institute in February 2017, attempted to analyse what was happening to operating, suspended, closed, rehabilitated, or abandoned mine sites across the state. 


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