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June 28, 2017

Supporting mine site research

A new partnership has triggered the process for researchers and industry to work together and map the way forward for restoration research on Banded Ironstone Formations (BIFs) of the Yilgarn Plateau.

The WABSI and Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) partnership brings together Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

At a recent workshop, we brought together partner researchers to discuss the biodiversity values and ecological restoration of BIFs of the Yilgarn Plateau.

These communities have been studied significantly by researchers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia over the past 20 years.  Due to their limited distribution, resource concentration and presence of endemic plants and habitat complexity, we want to better understand how to conserve their biodiversity and restore these complex ecosystems.

The CMSR received $5 million through the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Research Program.

Margaret Byrne - Parks and Wildlife, Jason Stevens - Kings Park,  Renee Young - CMSR with workshop participantsDiscussing Banded Ironstone Formations at a recent workshop

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