Mapping and prioritising rehabilitation of abandoned mines in Australia

Unger, C., Lechner, A. M., Glenn, V., Edraki, M. and Mulligan, D. (2012). Mapping and prioritising rehabilitation of abandoned mines in Australia. In: Life-of-Mine Conference 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (259-266). 10-12 July 2012.

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Author Unger, C.
Lechner, A. M.
Glenn, V.
Edraki, M.
Mulligan, D.
Title of paper Mapping and prioritising rehabilitation of abandoned mines in Australia
Conference name Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 10-12 July 2012
Proceedings title Life-of-Mine Conference 2012: Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Carlton North, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522666
Start page 259
End page 266
Total pages 7
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
With more than 50,000 recorded abandoned mines in Australia, effective management strategies are needed to prioritise and manage health, safety, environmental and socio-economic risks and opportunities. This paper reviews international leading practices for abandoned mine management and identifies key issues that need to be addressed in the Australian context. As well as the academic literature, this review draws on a 2008 global legacy site survey and forum in 2008, a Churchill Fellowship study of abandoned mines and the recently released 'Strategic Framework for Management of Abandoned Mines in the Minerals Industry’ (MCMPR/MCA, 2011).

A conceptual model is developed to identify the relationship between key issues affecting the management of abandoned mines in Australia. The conceptual model is then used in the development of a maturity chart which draws on risk management principles to provide leading practice guidance for abandoned mine managers, jurisdictions and stakeholders. The maturity chart approach for risk management has been successfully used elsewhere to evaluate safety, environmental and socio-economic maturity.
Q-Index Code E1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme 'Maximising Rehabilitation Outcomes'

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