Media releases from the 26th World Mining Congress

Over 3,000 of the world’s mining leaders, technologists and researchers from 70 countries are meeting at the World Mining Congress in Brisbane from 26 to 29 June 2023 to discuss the future of mining – sustainability, critical minerals, AI, safety and much more.

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The art of closure

Mines turning into physics labs, parks, pumped hydro…

Monday 26 June 2023

Many major mines around the world will close and thousands of new mines will open over the coming decades as the industry transforms.

So, what can you do with holes in the ground and heaps of tailings? A surprising amount, according to Professor Tom Measham, research director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME).

Australian examples of the art of mine closure include transitions to a recreational public park, an underground physics research laboratory and a pumped hydro facility.

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From liability to opportunity: Australian mine transition experts take world stage

Media release from the Cooperative Research Centre for Transitions in Mining Economies (CRC TiME)

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transitions in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) will be sharing its latest mine transition findings at the World Mining Congress in Brisbane on 26-29 June, 2023.

What happens after mining ends – economically, socially, environmentally and culturally – is one of the most significant issues facing communities, regions, governments and industry globally.

It’s a challenge that is only growing: some mines that began during the last boom are now approaching end of life. This is occurring at the same time as decarbonisation is driving unprecedented minerals demand and a slow transition away from coal-powered energy generation.

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