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.

Dixon – last year’s WA Scientist of the Year – said it was vital the mining industry was supported in applying high quality science to its efforts to restore the integrity of mine sites, and that restoration sat at the heart of Australia’s ability to sustainably and responsibly exploit its mineral wealth.

He said the 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 Australia's Mining Monthly webpage: