University of Queensland (UQ) scientists, together with Central Queensland coal mine rehabilitation experts, have developed an online resource to share knowledge on mine closures and remediation.
UQ Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation researcher Corinne Unger said the MRC-wiki resource is a knowledge-sharing platform that allows experts to share their experiences on working on mine rehabilitation and closure in the state’s coal fields.
“The retirement or transfer of experienced rehabilitation and closure staff from a mining region creates a massive knowledge vacuum for the mining community,” Unger said.
The online resource project consisted of a team of mine site rehabilitation, information technology, closure planning and social science experts and received funding from the Australian Coal Association Research program.
Stuart Ritchie, Central Queensland mine rehabilitation group chairman, said the organisation was concerned about losing knowledge in the mine rehabilitation field.
“The wiki is open to the public and we encourage users to register and add content,” Ritchie said.
“Ideally, it will become a leading go-to place for information now and into the future.”