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CRC: Achieving Sustainable Mine Closure

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Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Achieving Sustainable Mine Closure

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Investment in mining and post-mining projects requires certainty in decisions in order to make informed decisions about the associated risks and costs. The effective relinquishment of mine sites is a critical issue that is both complex and costly and currently hinders confidence and certainty in mining investments.

A national, collaborative partnership between industry and research is being developed to address end user issues that will boost investment as well as regional sustainability through mine closure. The partnership will enable Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Service (METS) companies to help capture the growing billion dollar global market in environmental restoration.

Addressing industry issues through a national partnership

Successful mine closure and relinquishment is a complex and expensive process; significant costs are associated with making the transition to a sustainable post-mining economy. Liabilities can amount to billions of dollars, in addition to other economic and social costs that are borne by industry, governments and communities. With only a few examples of successful mine closure, there is considerable uncertainty in closure-related investment, planning and decision making that ultimately impacts on investment in new projects and post-mining ventures.

A 10-year research partnership in the proposed CRC-ASMC will bring together mining companies, METS sector, governments and communities to make a step-change that will enable the effective closure and relinquishment of mine sites.

Industry challenges drive research priorities

National cooperation to address these issues will deliver direct value to industry through:

  • Lower cost
  • Greater certainty
  • Stronger social licence

Proposed research themes and priorities are:

1. Defining post-mining options
2. Quantifying and monitoring residual risk and uncertainty
3. Moving toward Zero Waste
4. Delivering post mining futures


An experienced bid committee comprising key end user participants that represent mining companies, the METS sector and government is overseeing the bid.

A research committee will access world-leading capabilities from the bid research partners to develop innovative solutions that address end user challenges.

A secretariat will undertake project management, stakeholder engagement and the development of the bid application. It includes members from: CRC CARE, University of Newcastle, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Economic Futures and the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI).

Dr Guy Boggs (WABSI) is Deputy Chair of the Bid Committee.

Whilst a submission in 2018 was unsuccessful, the bid is now being re-framed based on feedback and will be resubmitted in 2019.

Why participate?

A number of participants have already expressed support for a bid. The greater the participation, the more competitive the bid.

Participate now and help shape priorities that can address your specific challenges.

Some of the benefits of participation include:

• Lower cost of capital
• Better protection of reputation
• New METS opportunities for a global market in mine site restoration
• Leveraged funding for technology development
• Eligibility for research and development tax credits (seek independent advice on your organisation’s eligibility)
• Creating future leaders and talent
• More cost effective solutions to mine closure
• Greater certainty around mine relinquishment
• Regional economic development
• Stronger and more trusted relationships within the industry

Want to get involved?

Ask us for a prospectus to get more details about the bid and to see how you can participate.

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