A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre that aims to develop cost-effective and scalable restoration solutions for sound environmental stewardship of our mining industry has been launched by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.
The ARC Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration, led by Professor Kingsley Dixon and based at Curtin University in Western Australia, is receiving $4.9 million over five years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme to undertake important research projects to address critical environmental and regulatory requirements for mine site restoration.
ARC Acting CEO, Ms Leanne Harvey said the Training Centre offers unique workplace-integrated researcher training, specifically designed to address the challenges facing the mining industry.
“This new Training Centre will develop cost-effective, scalable restoration solutions to help the mining industry to deliver improved financial, social and environmental outcomes,” Ms Harvey said.
“The Training Centre will address key research areas, including ecological and mine site restoration; seed management and enablement; rare species management; and mining industry policy extension, to assist Australia to sustainably and responsibly exploit its vast mineral wealth.”
Researchers based at Curtin University will work closely with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the University of Western Australia.
The Centre is partnered by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia as well as six major mining industry partners including: Sinosteel Midwest Corporation; BHP Billiton; Hanson Construction Materials; Karara Mining; Cliffs Natural Resources; and Mineral Resources.
The Industrial Transformation Research Training Centres scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training in research industries that are vital to Australia’s future.