The social aspects of mine closure

  • By Bruce Harvey MAusIMM

With many mining operations in the Australasian region approaching the end of their productive lives, good management of mine closure transition is becoming increasingly important.

In the past, environmental rehabilitation has been the focal point of this work and some excellent results have been achieved; rehabilitation science is advanced and well-documented. The same cannot be said for the social aspects of closure, although this is frequently the focal point in closure transition in other parts of the world and there are many lessons that can be transferred. This excellent compilation by the SMI Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland provides a greatly needed resource for mine closure teams to consider the social aspects of closure in a globally informed way.

Download the SMI CSRM document, The Social Aspects of Closure, here.

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