Towards a framework for cumulative regional impact assessment
Regional Economic Development
Dr Renee Young
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 our regional and indigenous communities where mining activities are centralised. To build capacity to manage regional changes in land use, a (theoretical and empirically grounded) platform to allow for dynamic assessments of distributional impacts is required. This project will lay the foundations for such a platform and facilitate regional planning. We will synthesise the current knowledge base through a literature review, identify best practice and where the challenges are through survey/interviews, deliver a gap analysis, outline a research priorities pathway for future work, and build a strategic framework(s) to inform future research programs.
CSIRO; South32; MMG Australia Ltd; Newmont Mining services; Curtin University; The University of Queensland; University of Western Australia; Federation University of Australia; Murdoch University; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Western Australian Government; Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute; Golder Associates Pty Ltd; Pershke Consulting; Rangelands NRM WA; BHP