The 9th Acid and Metalliferous Draining Workshop

1 December 2017

Dr Mansour Edraki, from The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), hosted 100 Australian and international mining experts who met in Burnie Tasmania, to share their research and commitment to finding solutions to acid and metalliferous draining problems, this being a global issue for mine sites around the world.

Chair of the 9th Acid and Metalliferous Draining Workshop, Dr Mansour Edraki said “today more than at any other time practical solutions for the prediction, prevention and control of acid, and saline draining are needed by the mining industry in Australia and elsewhere”. 

This years workshop included 60% Industry registrations; 14% Government; and 25% from Academia/Research. The workshop had International registrations from: Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand, PNG, Philippines, United Kingdom. 

The workshop, associated short course and site visits provided excellent opportunities to share with speakers and delegates, unbiased expertise and advocacy with respect to the causes, management and amelioration of the impacts of AMD and Acid Sulfate Soils.

The workshop included two short courses; The Fundamentals of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage and An Introduction to INAP’s Global Cover System Design Technical Guidance Document led by INAP, Earth Systems, and O’Kane Consultants.

The workshop's program included over 50 papers and posters, presented by leaders from Australian and international organisations.

Mine visits included MMG’s Rosebery mine and Zeehan mine. The workshop group travelled to Zeehan and looked at and abandoned tin mine and taillings and visited MMG’s Rosebery mine where the group viewed the construction of their new tailing dam.Thank you to the staff at MMG’s Rosebery mine for allowing us to visit their site during our tour, and also Mineral Resources Tasmania, Department of State Growth for their assistance in visiting Zeehan.

Thank you to the Organising Committee who have been committed to the process and the Sustainable Minerals Institute team for all of their hard work to get the workshop up and running. I would also like to thank our sponsors for their support, including our major partner, RGS Environmental with special thanks to RGS Principal Alan Robertson; plus sponsors Klohn Crippen Berger, INAP and the Sustainable Minerals Institute.  Thanks also to our Trade Exhibitors Deswick, O’Kane Consultants and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES) at the University of Tasmania.

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