Stephen is currently working in the field of rehabilitation, biodiversity and contaminated land management in BHP's Minerals Australia across, coal, copper and iron ore. Prior to that Stephen spend 6 years managing a team focused on rehabilitation and biodiversity management in iron ore. Stephen has spent time working in water management and environmental approvals. Prior to joining BHP in 2006, Stephen spent 14 years working in conservation land management and forestry in what was the Department of Conservation and Land Management in Western Australia.
Progressive Certification of rehabilitated Land
Formal recognition of Progressive Certification of mine site rehabilitation through the operating life of the mine is a tool that is used inconstantly to encourage rehabilitation across State jurisdictions in Australia. Queensland is one State that does recognise, or progressively certify, areas as complete through the life of the mine.
Queensland saw its first area progressively certified in 2012 with a total 631ha certified by July 2017. The areas of mine progressively certified in the past year has more than double this pervious figure.
A case study will describe the process followed to achieve progressive certification of over 1,400ha of coal mining areas in the Bowen Basin in late 2018 and early 2019. Post mining land use and standards were confirmed for the areas that were rehabilitated approximately 20 years ago, site visits and discussions between industry and the regulator took place prior to a final application being submitted. Regulator considerations will be discussed.
Stream 1 - Pathways to relinquishment and opportunities to transition to productive alternate land usesUnderstanding Acid Mine Drainage / Acid Rock Drainage and the implications for rehabilitation and closureHarnessing Hyperaccumulator Plants to Phytoremediate Contaminated Mining SitesIssues in Tropical Forest Rehabilitation Post Mining