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.

According to Curtin, the centre’s multi-disciplinary staff will deliver a suite of integrated and focused research projects that underpin successful mine site restoration outcomes.

The CMSR is being supported by several industry partners, including 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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