Queensland Resources Council has invited students of ecological management and rehabilitation to apply for two scholarships worth up to $35,000 per year.
The Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust Fund scholarships, running for up to three years, were launched to help with living expenses for Queensland students who are undertaking research prioritised by the trust.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham MP said students with a passion for mining rehabilitation challenges should apply.
“Innovation and fresh thinking will help us to improve existing coal rehabilitation strategies and solve mine rehabilitation challenges,” he said.
“Partnerships across academia, industry and government scholarships help to exchange skills and ideas to inspire innovation.
“Industry-focussed scholarships like these, and the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships that are part of the government’s Advance Queensland initiative, draw on our best and brightest to keep Queensland business and industry at the cutting edge of knowledge and practice.”
QRC chief executive Michael Roche said the mining industry worked hard to minimise the impacts of its activities on the land and the environment, and that research into rehabilitation was essential for good environmental outcomes.
“Managed well, the land can be used after the completion of mining for agriculture, native ecosystems and development,” he said.
“The research conducted by these postgraduate students is making significant contributions to understanding and implementing sustainable land management.”
Last year Central Queensland University student Evan Chau was awarded the scholarship, and is now developing a toolbox for fish health assessment in aquatic ecosystems associated with coal industries.