Rehabilitation of mined land and associated infrastructure and the management of water in mining project areas.

Awarded a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1972 from The University of Queensland. Peter continued in the Agriculture Department undertaking post-graduate research into the nitrogen relations of sub-tropical grass-legume pastures. He joined an environmental management consultancy, associated with an engineering consultancy, undertaking projects on urban development, coastal development, infrastructure development, water and mineral resources development, flood plain management, and catchment management.

These projects included preparation of environmental impact statements for a number of large infrastructure and mineral resources developments. Peter joined the staff of BHP as an Environmental Manager, and was involved in the coordination of environmental management of mines, processing plants and bulk ports, including environmental audits of operations. Some of these projects were overseas but predominantly the responsibilities were with coal production operations in Central Queensland, both mines and export ports.

The main focus of the environmental management at the mines was on mined land rehabilitation and water management. For the ports, the focus was on water management and dust management. The responsibilities included co-ordination of research into mined land rehabilitation and mine water quality management. Now retired with a independent Environmental Management consultancy.

Industry

As an Environmental Manager at BHP my role included company representation on committees of the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) which defines, funds, coordinates and disseminates outcomes of coal industry research. The role also included representation on the Queensland Resources Council Environment Committee and various task groups reviewing Environmental Authority standardised conditions, mine site rehabilitation guidelines, mine site water release criteria, and preparation of mine site water storage (Regulated Dams) construction and operation guidelines.