Black Diamond case study presented to international mine management experts

DMP presents at an international summit on derelict mines
Date: Friday, 09 December 2016

The Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) leading Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) was showcased to a wide jurisdictional audience this week at the Dealing with Derelict Mines 2016 summit in New South Wales.

Hosted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), the University of Newcastle’s Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), and the NSW Department of Industry, this inaugural summit included presentations on derelict mine management from five international jurisdictions including the USA, Canada and the UK, as well as specialist thematic workshops and individual State and Territory presentations.

DMP's presentation 'Mine Closure in Western Australia’ delivered by Environment's General Manager Administration and Reform, Karen Caple, covered the MRF, its policy and legislation, the abandoned mine site inventory created by DMP's Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) division and DMP's Abandoned Mines Program.

DMP's Executive Director Environment Dr Phil Gorey said the summit offered an excellent opportunity to engage with industry, other regulators and international jurisdictions to exchange ideas.

"We took the opportunity to share a case study on Black Diamond, the first of four pilot sites to be rehabilitated as part of DMP's Abandoned Mines Program, the positive impacts of effective stakeholder engagement, the importance of community partnerships and an overview of the rehabilitation works to date," Dr Gorey said.

Black Diamond was officially declared as an abandoned mine site under Section 9 of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012 (MRF Act) on Friday, 9 September 2016.

For more information on Black Diamond, please read the case study.