To provide information to students that allows them to explore the idea of sustainability in the Australian minerals industry.
Where sustainability = environmental, social and economic intergenerational equity.
- Allow the students to think about sustaibility in the industry; allow them to make their own decision.
- Provide a balanced viewpoint using case studies and facts. This will be based on three main aspects: economics and people, science and policy.
- Promote the idea of collaboration between industry, NGOs, government, scientists and communities for positive outcomes
Outline of Lecture:
- Discuss aims and objectives of lecture
- Give a brief overview of current mining in Australia - areas, types of materials, economics
- Discuss economics and people: benefits, shut-down, MRRT (mining tax) giving case studies from Australia and the world.
- Discuss current policy in Australia and recent changes, for example the NSW Coalitions new strategy for agricultural areas and updated policy in WA
- Discuss current rehabilitation science and limitations, including food security and successfully rehabilitated mines
- Discuss the benefits of collaboration and successful stories of sustainable mining
- Main points, conclusion and questions