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Forum Program

Day 1 – Monday 29th November
9:00AM –
Official Opening

Chair: Dr Guy Boggs

Welcome to Country

Vaughn McGuire

Opening Address

Dr. Bruce Kelley, CRC TiME Chair

Ministerial Address

The Hon. Keith Pitt, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

Innovation in Closure Planning Partnerships and Execution

Andy Lloyd, Chair, Jabiru Kabolkmakmen


Andy Lloyd, Chair, Jabiru Kabolkmakmen

Kim Ferguson, BHP Global Practice Lead and ICMM Closure Chair

Terry Hill, CEO, Pilbara Development Commission

Brenton Barker, CEO, Ely Trust

James Purtill, Queensland Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner

 10:15AM -11:00AM Regional Economic Development

Facilitated by Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie, CRC TiME Program Leader, Regional Economic Development & Co Director Centre for Regional Development, University of Western Australia

The delivery of sustainable post-mining prosperity has to commence with a shared vision of the future that  all stakeholders can work towards. The regional Economic Development program provides stakeholders with the tools, networks and skills to envisage and assess a range of relevant options. By building confidence in a shared vision of a sustainable future, investment can be encouraged to deliver it.

Diversification of Mining Economies

Linda Dawson, Deputy Director General, Department of Jobs Tourism Science and Innovation

Dawn Brock, Manager, Environmental Stewardship, ICMM & Rob Stevens, President, Pakawau Geomanagement Inc.

 11:00AM –11:15AM Morning Tea/Quick Break
 11:15AM -12:30PM Enabling Post Mine Transitions: Regional Closure Planning and Re-Purposing Mining Assets 

Facilitated by Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie, CRC TiME Program Leader, Regional Economic Development & Co Director Centre for Regional Development, University of Western Australia

This session will include several keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Professor Andrew Beer, CRC TiME Project Leader, University of South Australia
Professor Alex Gardner, CRC TiME Project Leader, University of Western Australia
Dr Renee Young, CRC TiME Project Leader, WABSI
Dr Marcus Barber, CRC TiME  Project Leader, CSIRO

12.30PM – 1:30PM Regional Hub Story Sharing

Facilitated by Dr Emma Yuen, Research Impact & Translation Manager, CRC TiME

CRC TiME has established hubs in 5 regional areas located around Australia: Bowen Basin QLD, Gove NT, Latrobe VIC, Pilbara and South West WA.  These hubs bring together regional stakeholders experiencing mines closure and are currently exploring ways their regions can transform.  Come along and hear what is happening around the country in our regional hubs.

Bowen Basin – Peter Dowling, Business & Investment Attraction Manager, Central Highlands Development Commission

Pilbara – Michael Heap, Director Regional Development, Pilbara Development Commission

Gove – Jim Rogers, Executive Director- East Arnhem, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

La Trobe Valley- Rae Mackay, Chair, Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority Board, Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority (MLRA)

South West WA Pip Kirby, Director Regional Development, South West Development Commission

1:30PM-1:40PM Day 1 Rapporteur
Professor Tom Measham,  CRC TiME Research Director
1:40PM Day 1 Close
Day 2 – Tuesday 30th November
8:30AM –
Risk, Evaluation & Planning

Facilitated by Associate Professor Bryan Maybee, CRC TiME Program Leader, Collaborative Infrastructure

Sustainable post-mining prosperity is fundamentally dependent on the actions of the mining company during operations. The technology and processes used for extracting and processing ore, managing wastes and spoils and interacting with the workforce and the community combine to determine the levels of residual risk and/or post-mining opportunity. This then determines whether relinquishment can occur and rules in or out different options for post-mining ecosystems and livelihoods. Therefore, the decision processes used in planning a mining operation are a critical determinant, both of relinquishment and of post-mining success. The Risk, Evaluation and Planning program develops improved decision-making processes across the life of a mine, with a specific focus on the optimisation of cost effective and successful closure and relinquishment.

Keynote Presentations

Aidan Davy, Chief Operating Officer, ICMM

ESG trends in financial markets
Kaylene Gulich
, Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Treasury Corporation

Project Presentations

Tira Foran

Dr Isaac Dzakpata

Associate Professor Eric Lilford

Ed Holloway

9:30AM –
Morning Tea
 9:45AM –11:00AM Workshop 1:  The role of mine closure intangibles in ESG implementation and achieving net benefits 

Facilitated by Associate Professor Eric Lilford, CRC TiME Project Leader, Curtin University

Short term productivity goals tend to be prioritised over provisioning for long term closure outcomes as the main drivers of decision making are often financial metrics, which do not adequately account for ESG considerations. This workshop will explore how intangible factors that are critical in ESG and mine closure processes can be integrated into the way decisions are made across the mine life.

Workshop Presenter

Chris McCombe, MCA
Benton Leins, Business Risk Manager, Iluka
Associate Professor Glen Corder, CRCTiME Program Leader, Operational Solutions
Ed Holloway

Workshop 2: Understanding values in post-mining economies

Facilitated by Associate Professor Fran Ackermann

This workshop is part of an ongoing research project and the information in this session will be used in the project

This workshop will explore the diverse interpretations of “value” by a wide range of Stakeholders associated with a mine. The project will develop a customised approach to discuss what value means to each stakeholder group and how these change over time. The workshop will consider who are (and will be) stakeholders in different contexts, their different levels of influence and what they consider  valuable in the context of transitioning to a post-mining economy.

Workshop Presenter

Marcus Barber
Tira Foran
Fran Ackermann
Kelli Schmitt
Professor Tom Measham, CRC TiME Research Director

 11:00AM -11:30AM Lunch Break
 11:30AM -12:30PM Data Integration and Platforms  

Facilitated by Dr Jason Kirby, CRC TiME Program Leader, Collaborative Infrastructure

Regional futures are influenced by the cumulative economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts from mine sites and other industries and practices across the region. Mining companies and governments maintain a number of very large and complex data sets that if aggregated and interrogated, could drive innovation, predict and forecast ecosystem outcomes, and mitigate social, environmental, and economic risks. In addition, access to demonstration mine sites is a key barrier to driving research and innovation and moving technologies and solutions from the laboratory to market.

Keynote Presentation
Dr Carina Kemp, Data and Digital Advisors, Carina Kemp and Partners

Foundation Project Presenters

Knowledge hub (e-Library) and search engine

Dr Renae Desai, CRC TiME Project Leader, Murdoch University

Australian mine rehabilitation trials data and information platform

Associate Professor Peter Dahlhaus, CRC TiME Project Leader, Federation University Australia

Abandoned mine sites in Australia

Dr Ebrahim Fathi Salmi, CRC TiME Project Leader, CMTE Development Limited; Mining3

12:30PM -12:45PM Afternoon Tea
12:45PM –2:00PM Workshop 3 Cumulative regional impact assessment

Facilitated by Dr Renee Young, CRC TiME Project Leader, WABSI

Mine closure is typically regulated at the mine site scale, but communities experience impact at the scale of the landscape. Tools for assessing cumulative impacts at a regional scale do exist but are not yet widely regulated. Therefore, they are not systematically applied and are rarely integrated across different interests.

This workshop will explore how we progress some key questions including:
What does an integrated cumulative assessment look like when applied at a regional scale?
What changes are required for integrated cumulative assessment to be implemented and successful?

Workshop Presenters

The increasing focus on cumulative impacts in planning and development

Tom Hatton, Director at Thomas Hatton, Environmental Consulting; former EPA Chairman Western Australia

DAWE regional case study for planning and development

Declan O’Connor-Cox, Assistant Secretary, Environment Approvals Division, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Geological and bioregional assessment program (GBA)

Kate Holland, Principal Research Scientist, Geological and Bioregional Assessments, CSIRO

Project 1.1 Towards a framework for cumulative regional impact assessment

Jenny Pope, Director, Integral Sustainability

Project 4.1 Dynamically transforming environmental assessment through a shared analytics framework

Chris Gentle, Program Director Biodiversity Data and Information Management, The Western Australian

Workshop 4: Innovation through demonstration and trial sites 

Facilitated by Dr Greg Davis, CRC TiME Project Leader, CSIRO

The uptake of new technologies and innovations has been slow at mines due to the costs, large-scale and high risks associated with development and testing versus tried and proven approaches. A fraction of the vast amounts of data held by mining companies and governments is easily available for shared learning, decision making and opportunities for research and innovation.

This workshop will progress:
How we demonstrate/trails cultural and social solutions?
What process is needed / hurdles over come to identify and fast track innovative technologies and solutions for demonstration at mine sites?
How we fund and support demonstrations at mine sites?

Workshop Presenters

Grant Douglas, CSIRO

Vern Newton, Hanson Australia

Jonathon Crosbie, MMG Ltd

Oskar Kadletz, Department of Resources -Technical Services / Georesources Division (Queensland)

Simon McVeigh, Okane Consulting

Suzanne Strapp, President of FAWNA Inc. (Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid) – establishing a biodiversity park on land formerly used by the mineral sand industry, Capel Shire, WA


 2:00PM-2:10PM Day 2 Rapporteur
Professor Tom Measham,  CRC TiME Research Director
3:00Pm Social Networking WA                                                              Social Networking QLD

3pm – 5pm                                                                                    5pm – 7pm

Anzac House, 28 St Georges Terrace, Perth                               The Ship Inn, Sidon St, South Brisbane

Day 3 – Wednesday 1st December
8:30AM –
Operational Solutions

Facilitated by Associate Professor Glen Corder, CRC TiME Program Leader, Operational Solutions

Action during mining operations and mine closure will determine the level of risk and opportunity for post-mining activity. The Operational Solutions session will develops improved decision-making processes across the life of a mine to deliver operational interventions to reduce the long-term post-closure risks to infrastructure, landforms, water, ecosystems and people, and deliver fit for purpose post-mining land use.

Keynote Presentation
Patrick Walta, Managing Director, New Century Resources.

Foundation Project Presentations and Discussion

Dr Claire Cote, University of QLD
Dr Renee Bartolo, Dept of Agriculture, Water and Environment
Professor Peter Cook, Flinders University
Dr Jason Stevens, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
Professor David Williams, University of Queensland
Professor Carolyn Oldham,
University of Western Australia
Raphael Costa Picorelli , Mining3

 10:00AM-10:15AM Morning Tea
10:15AM-11:30AM Workshop 5: Implementing technology for positive impact

Facilitated  and presented by Dr Claire Cote, University of QLD

The purpose of this priority is to identify cost effective innovation that can intervene at high risk points in operational or abandoned mines to reduce long term risks arising from mining operations and legacy mines. The workshop will explore the development of integrated systems models and key priorities in climate resilient ecosystem rehabilitation, AMD management and key technology for understanding water. The workshop will be based around the results from F3.1 for discussion, road testing and ‘where to next’.

The workshop outcomes will be to identify research areas on how technologies can work together for greater positive impact.

Workshop 6: Innovating supply chains

Facilitated by Glen Corder, CRC TiME Program Leader, CRC TiME

Under this priority, CRC TiME will implement foundational research to understand and innovate systems around mine closure activities to ensure their continuity through closure and beyond. This could include innovation in systems, processes, financial models, labour and skills supply and co-purposing.

The workshop will unpack the key characteristics of a successful and sustainable supply chain and linking this in with the outcomes from F3.2 to F3.7.  The workshop outcomes will be to identify key areas to target (business models; skills; capacity etc) for future research.

Workshop Presenters:
Vivek Srinivasan, CSIRO Futures

Ian Dover

11:30AM-11:45AM Morning Tea / Lunch
11:45AM-1:30PM CRC TiME Forum progress and vision of moving forward session (Including the AGM – all welcome)
Bruce Kelly – Chair address
Guy Boggs (CRC TiME CEO) – the year in review and vision for future
Interactive Partner session – opportunity to have your say and input to how we move forward
Close the Forum
1:00PM Conference Close