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News May 20, 2020

Online access to biodiversity data to enable better decision making

Premier Mark McGowan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced: Environment Online initiative to be led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Biodiversity Information Office to be led by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions We are delighted at Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement about the initiative to establish Environment Online and a Biodiversity…

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Updates March 13, 2020

WABSI helps secure $30M for sustainable mine closure

The Western Australian Science Institute (WABSI) has played the leading role in securing Commonwealth research funds into Western Australia to help address the global issue of mine closure and to develop new economic opportunities for communities, post-mining. Working with Western Australia’s mining industry and science researchers, WABSI developed and led the successful bid for a…

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Updates February 3, 2020

Mine closure rehabilitation conditions: a review

A new report published today by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) reveals that mine closure “rehabilitation conditions are often seen as aspirational objectives or performance management tools rather than achievable targets.” The report, “A review of mine rehabilitation condition setting in Western Australia” is the culmination of a research project that collected and…

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Research Articles December 4, 2019

Acceptable erosion rates for mine waste landform rehabilitation modelling in the Pilbara, Western Australia

Excerpts from abstract: “The Pilbara Rehabilitation Group, through four member companies—BHP, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, and Roy Hill—initiated a project aimed at defining acceptable rates of erosion for rehabilitation landform design for the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As part of the project, a review of information relating to erosion rates on natural and man-made landforms was conducted. ”
“…a guideline was developed to define acceptable erosion rates for use in the design of stable mine waste landforms in the Pilbara region. The guideline uses a risk-based approach, with erosion thresholds being linked to the waste material’s physical properties and the adverse environmental impacts that may result from landform failure.”

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News November 20, 2019

CRC-TiME Stage 2 completed

Following an interview on 14th November in Canberra with the CRC Advisory Committee, all stages of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) application process have now been completed. It is anticipated the final outcomes of the bid process will be announced in December 2019. Should the bid for a CRC for Transformation in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME)…

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Reports October 28, 2019

Digitally Transforming Environmental Assessment

Report of the Digital Environmental Impact Assessment Working Group The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Western Australian Marine Science Institution have been working together to enhance access, aggregation, interpretation and management of biodiversity information collected in Western Australia. In collaboration with industry, government and researchers, both organisations have led the Secretariat to produce…

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Updates September 25, 2019

CRC-TiME progresses to stage 2

Bid is now shortlisted for stage 2 Submissions for the next stage are due in four weeks Final outcome of the CRC will be announced in December 2019 The proposed CRC for Transformation in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME) will drive transformational change and enable regions and communities to transition to a prosperous and sustainable post mine…

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Projects July 9, 2019

Bid for a CRC for mine closure: Stage 1 submitted

Stage 1 application submitted. All submissions will now be assessed by the CRC Advisory Committee. Stage 1 outcome will be announced in September 2019 Successful mine closure and relinquishment is a complex and expensive process; liabilities can amount to billions of dollars, in addition to other economic and social costs that are borne by industry,…

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Updates December 10, 2018

Taskforce report: Make environmental data more accessible

WABSI was instrumental this year in helping to establish the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessment (IBSA) that will capture $38m worth of environmental data each year in Western Australia. A Resources 2030 Taskforce report, released in September 2018, highlights WABSI’s role in making environmental data more accessible and enable its value and use to…

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Updates

Final phase of Completion Criteria project

The Completion Criteria & Monitoring Framework received broad support and valuable feedback from stakeholders at a forum last month, with strong interest being received from users in WA and other states. The final report is scheduled for release in early 2019 and will present the framework and foundational work including a review of relevant literature…

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