February 2015
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February 2015
Obstacles and opportunities for effective mine closure
Red Dome gold  mine illustrates why an early focus on post mining outcomes is essential to build transparency, credibility and trust. Towards the end of the 20th century, mines in Queensland focused most of their environmental energy on closure outcomes, understanding environmental challenges and putting plans together to attempt to control the longer term liabilities by effective operational management. The change of regulator and emphasis around the year 2000 brought about a flurry of Read More
February 2015
Iluka Resources path to greater diversity
Exploring Iluka Resources' journey towards a more diverse workforce, and the benefits that change is delivering Following a review of its business in 2010, mineral sands miner Iluka Resources Ltd (Iluka) identified workforce diversity as a key focus for the company. This review led to a diversity committee being established in March 2011. Iluka’s Managing Director David Robb chairs the committee which meets quarterly. The diversity committee was formed to develop a diverse, sustainable Read More
February 2015
Assessing options for tailings management
Effective evaluation of tailings management options is essential to delivering the best practice environmental outcomes at lowest cost. Mining projects worldwide are facing unprecedented scrutiny and demands from investors, regulators, communities and stakeholders. The ability to understand and assess environmental, social, economic and technical risks and opportunities during planning and design has become essential for the success of a project. When assessing options for tailings Read More
February 2015
Election of three new Directors to AusIMM Board
Members of the AusIMM have elected three Directors to the AusIMM Board for the period 2015-2017. The new Directors are Diana Drinkwater, Steven de Kruijff and Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio. They commenced their appointments on 1 January 2015 Diana Drinkwater MAusIMM Background Diana is a metallurgist who spent a decade in process plants and engineering offices before moving into the education and research sector. She is recognised globally as an authority on effective skills development Read More
February 2015
Growing nickel from trees
Phytomining is an unconventional pathway to minerals production that can be deployed for production and rehabilitation purposes. Hyperaccumulators Although most plants do not take up much metal, such as nickel, copper, cobalt or zinc, in their biomass, some rare plants have the unusual capacity to specifically absorb and concentrate these metals from the soil in their living parts. Such plants can contain concentrations of three per cent or more of nickel, for example, in their leaves. Read More
February 2015
Geoscience Australia’s Inclusive Culture Initiative
Building an inclusive workplace culture through engaging and supporting all staff is a key priority at Geoscience Australia In April 2013 Geoscience Australia (GA) undertook an in-depth cultural audit, which was in large part prompted by the existing gender disparity in the agency (66 per cent male at the time), in particular at more senior levels.  A consultant was engaged to investigate: the nature of the agency, its people, the work and workplace practices how valued, Read More