New research paving the way for post-mining land transformations

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) has released its research priorities for the next three years, outlining renewed pathways and studies to improve post-mining transitions.

Across eight key priorities, developed in collaboration with CRC TiME partners, the Research Prioritisation Plan details the steps it will take to further examine post-mining and ensure the sustainability of land use going forward.

CRC TiME chief executive officer Dr Guy Boggs said the research program has been designed to be adventurous and forward-thinking.

“Building from the work currently being undertaken in our 22 foundational projects, our research program will challenge the status quo, question how well current systems work, and force a re-examination of how mining systems, regional planning, regulatory regimes, social groups and professional teams work together and the power balances between them,” Boggs said.

What becomes of a mine after its exhausted is a critical element of responsible resource development.

With less than 5 per cent of closed mines having successfully transitioned through to post-mining land use, CRC TiME has the opportunity to break new ground and develop a new status quo.

The eight priority areas explore touchpoints such as identifying regions in transition, informing regulatory excellence for transitions, delivering post-mining options, enhancing decision systems for positive closure outcomes, the use of technology to ensure a positive transition, and more.

Federal Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, believes the possibilities are endless for post-mining transformations.

“Mining will always be a major industry and employer in regional areas and I have had the opportunity to visit many of them over the past year to see first-hand the work being done to rehabilitate the land after a mine reaches the end of its life,” he said.

“The resources sector takes its responsibilities very seriously in this area and as a result we’re seeing former mines being used for agriculture and other productive purposes.”

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