Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation

The Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR) addresses the environmental challenges of the minerals industry by translating scientific results into practices that continually improve mine rehabilitation outcomes. 

Formally established in 1993, the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR) consists of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary group of research, teaching and support staff, and postgraduate students. SMI-CMLR is dedicated to delivering excellence in environmental research, education and awareness to the national and international minerals industry, relevant government departments, non-government organisations and local communities.

SMI-CMLR is widely recognised as the source of quality research at the cutting edge of issues in mining environmental management and sustainability, across the full spectrum of resource commodities.  It has built a reputation for providing the  science necessary to inform decision-making that can minimise risks and maximise opportunities resulting from resource exploration, extraction and processing globally.


Our Expertise

The SMI-CMLR has core disciplinary strengths in the basic and applied biological, chemical and physical sciences, working at scales from the microbial to the catchment and regional.

   Explore our Expertise

Where we work

The SMI-CMLR origins began in the mineral- and energy-rich State of Queensland, contributing extensively to the rehabilitation challenges of the large open-cut coal mines of the Bowen Basin in central Queensland. 

    Where we work

Our Work

Over the years the SMI-CMLR has developed research expertise and knowledge that has spanned the realms of Environmental Geochemistry, Soil-Plant Systems, and Landscape Ecology 

   What we do

Learn with us

Postgraduate research is a core component and strength of the SMI-CMLR, with Masters and PhD scholars from all around the world undertaking projects across the breadth of disciplines, commodities, waste streams and sciences.

    Learn with us

Who are we

The Centre builds on the strengths of the diverse backgrounds and disciplines of staff and students to address the environmental challenges of the minerals industry

   Who we are


General Enquiries

Phone: +61 7 3346 4003
Fax: +61 7 3346 4056
Email: smi.environment@uq.edu.au

Postal Address

Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)
Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR)
Level 4, Sir James Foots Building (No. 47A)
Cnr College Rd and Staff House Rd
The University of Queensland
St Lucia  Qld  4072


Associate Professor Glen Corder
Environment Centres Acting Director


Level 4, Sir James Foots Building (47A)
Cnr College Rd & Staff House Rd 
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072