Mine closure is an integral phase of an active mining industry but is a global challenge. The CRC-TiME will aim to deliver more certainty for industry and regulators around management of mine closure, help diversify post-mine economies and create opportunities for new businesses in a global market.
More than 50 organisations, from industry, research and government, including ChemCentre, will participate in the CRC-TiME to undertake social, environmental, technical and economic research.
ChemCentre has a long history of supporting and conducting research for the mining industry and is proud to be a research partner for CRC-TiME. The CRC has secured over $133M in investments for the next 10 years with support from organisations across the nation in industry, research, community and government sectors.
ChemCentre’s research will build upon their active Mineral Resources Research & Innovation Program that includes mine closure planning and waste management in WA and across the nation. ChemCentre is leading a Mine Pit lakes project, in collaboration with CSIRO, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and mining companies across all commodities in WA – a key deliverable being the first database of mine pit lakes in Australia that will better inform mine waste management and mine closure plans;
Additionally, ChemCentre is leading Australia to reduce waste and re-use/re-purpose of industrial waste materials in the application of LEAF (Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework) tools, including LeachXS predictive modeling and creating a LEAF database of local soils and by-products.
“ChemCentre is excited to be part of this important body of research and looks forward to sharing its unique capability and its expertise to better inform industry, government and regulators regarding mine closure planning and mine waste management,” Dr Silvia Black said.
CRC-TiME will begin in mid-2020 and is led by The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia, visit the CRC-TiME website to learn more.