AusIMM Community & Environment Society

The social aspects of mine closure
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 Read More
A renewed focus for the AusIMM Community and Environment Society
The AusIMM Community and Environment (C&E) Society has committed to its work program for 2018, following a group strategy meeting in February. The Committee also welcomes its new members for 2018: Marc Allen, Rose Lindner and Ben Fitzsimmons. See the full C&E Committee here. Members of the Committee met in Melbourne to align their work with feedback from 2017’s member survey and changes in AusIMM leadership and direction. The forum provided an opportunity to connect and share Read More
April 2018
Developments in community and environment
In this special series of articles, we asked some of our AusIMM professional societies and networks for their industry insights. The following is a collection of thoughts from some of our community and environment professionals on how practices have developed over the past 125 years. Is there a single event that defined the beginning of this technical discipline in Australasia? No single event triggered the need for professional environmental and social expertise in Australasia’s Read More
‘Mine closure and reclamation management’ ISO Standards – Australian mirror committee update
The ISO process for this standard was initiated in South Korea in 2014 with the formation of a subcommittee (ISO/TC 82/SC 7). The Australian mirror committee (MN-012) was established in 2017 to contribute to the ISO Standard for ‘Mine closure and reclamation management’ and an opportunity to develop such a standard has been identified and initiated under ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation). The first update on this mirror committee for AusIMM members was included on the Read More
Who should be on a board Corporate Social Responsibility committee?
The following article is a summary of the paper: Eberhardt-Toth E (2017), ‘Who Should be on a Board Corporate Social Responsibility Committee?’, featured in the Journal of Cleaner Production 140 (2017) pp 1926-1935. The full paper is located at A study was recently undertaken of the boards of international companies (in the Bloomberg World Index (BWI)) (excluding financial services) to see whether the companies listed on Read More
UNEP flyer on Mine Tailings
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a flyer regarding the Rapid Response Assessment (RRA) undertaken about Mine Tailings Storage. UNEP has provided two recommendations regarding this issue and has 'suggested a range of policy actions aimed at catalysing the change needed to ensure tailings dam safety. These actions stem from the first recommendation - the mining industry's acknowledged priority of Safety First.' This is an interesting article and worthwhile Read More