Sharing leading ideas on mine planning and closure11 March 2020
Recently we sat down with Life-of-Mine Conference Chair A/Prof Glen Corder from the University of Queensland to discuss what’s on offer at this year’s event in Brisbane.
A/Prof Glen Corder is passionate about sustainable mine life cycles and developing beneficial post mine communities. With AusIMM’s Life-of-Mine Conference returning for the fifth time in 2020, Prof Corder says the event is a rewarding experience because of the breadth of knowledge on offer. “The conference explores a range of different disciplinary factors across the full life cycle of a mine, from exploration to rehabilitation and then post–closure.”
Having so many experts in one place means new ideas are sparked through collaboration and idea-sharing. A/Prof Corder welcomes every industry professional to attend, as “getting the different mining disciplines to articulate, debate and discuss the ever-increasing complex issues facing our industry is absolutely critical.”
In particular, the conference comes at a time when the industry is facing increased pressure from stakeholders to gain and maintain social licence. “There are several big challenges facing the industry, including building societal and community dimensions into mining design, operation and rehabilitation,” A/Prof Corder says.
Other issues facing mining companies, and how they plan for the entire life cycle of a mine, include community perceptions of climate change, renewable energies and the how the industry can contribute to these conversations. A/Prof Corder says developing mining projects in challenging environmental and social regions is also an important topic.
At the closure end of the cycle, A/Prof Corder is forward to showcasing post–mining opportunities that help transition mining communities into towns with long-term sustainable economies. “One of the more exciting developments is the mining industry’s keen focus on exploring the regional opportunities for once mining finishes.”
Life-of-Mine 2020 is organised in collaboration with the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals’ Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) and with the additional joint support of the AusIMM’s Southern Queensland Branch and Social and Environment Society.