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News July 30, 2020

WABSI Board appoints Professor Owen Nevin as new CEO

A statement from Dr Ian Cresswell, Board Chair, The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Professor Owen Nevin, who has been appointed as WABSI’s new Chief Executive Officer. Owen is an experienced conservation biologist and research leader, with international experience in higher education and research. He…

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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 April 6, 2020

Collective effort to reduce devastation of native animals by cat predation

Joint statement by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Western Australian Feral Cat Working Group Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development, today launched a Western Australian Feral Cat Working Group that will drive a unified approach to the control of feral cats across the State. The Group will make information on…

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New research program to help mitigate cat impacts on biodiversity

A new research program, released today by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) entitled “Increasing knowledge to mitigate cat impacts on biodiversity”, will focus on addressing knowledge gaps that were identified by end users, as the key priorities for Western Australia. The vision of the program is to enhance the conservation of native species…

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WA Feral Cat Working Group

A Western Australian Feral Cat Working Group has been established to drive a unified approach to the control of feral cats across the State and will be led by former Western Australian Governor, Hon. Kerry Sanderson AC CVO. “It is important that we all work together to enhance the conservation of our native animals. I…

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Dr Ian Cresswell appointed as Chair and WABSI welcomes new Directors

Following the retirement of Professor Michael Poole as Chair of the WABSI Board at the end of 2019, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ian Cresswell as our new Chair. Dr Cresswell first joined WABSI as a Director in 2016, and now, as Board Chair, will continue to guide, shape and support…

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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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