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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.