Mapping and Prioritising Rehabilitation of Abandoned Mines in Australia

Unger, C, Lechner, A M, Glenn, V , Edraki, M and Mulligan, D R (2012) Mapping and Prioritising Rehabilitation of Abandoned Mines in Australia. In: Life-of-Mine, 2012.

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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, 2010).

A conceptual model was 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.

Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:42706
Deposited On:20 Oct 2020 09:07

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