A new A$6.7 million (US$5 million) research centre in Western Australia is partnering with miners to apply world-class science to rehabilitate old mine sites.
The ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) is based at Curtin University and directed by eminent botanist Professor Kingsley Dixon, who said the local mining sector was a world-leader in environmental repair but needed to do more.
CMSR will coordinate research between Curtin, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the University of Western Australia.
It is also supported by Sinosteel Midwest Corporation, BHP Billiton (AU:BHP), Hanson Construction Materials, Karara Mining, Cliffs Natural Resources (NY:CLF), Mineral Resources (AU:MIN), and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia.
Dixon said CMSR aimed to connect high-end science with on-ground practice in mining restoration, and train the next generation of high-level researchers to be industry-ready.
For more information check the full article on the Mining Journal webpage: http://www.mining-journal.com/world/australia/the-industry-has-taken-it-on-the-chin-that-they-need-to-do-a-lot-better/