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Over the next 25 years 50% of Australia’s mines are expected to close and a stream of post-mined land use transitions are proposed. These mine closures and potential transitions will have major environmental, economic, and social impacts, particularly in regional and indigenous communities where mining activities have been dominant.  This research program seeks to optimise the regional economic development potential of the relinquished mining assets through prescient planning and the harnessing of local knowledge.

The post mining land use options and the necessary steps to achieve a shared understanding of how the transition from mining to other uses can be achieved and implemented will be interrogated.


  • An assessment of the different policy and regulatory frameworks within and between different jurisdictions to identify blockages and obstacles to closure and reliquishment;
  • An understanding of the multiplicity of values that influence post land use, particularly at the regional scale;
  • The development of sophisticated and nuanced decision systems at the community level, incorporating advanced modelling of interrelationships and trade-offs; and The application of predictive modelling and scenario analytical techniques in situ to enable informed decision making.


Program Leader

Professor Fiona Haslam-McKenzie

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Current Projects

Towards a framework for cumulative regional impact assessment

Project 1.1

Post Mining Land use

Project 1.2

Mapping the regulation of mine closure

Project 1.3

Understanding local readiness for closure: initiating a multi-stakeholder participatory approach

Project 1.4