Conference Day 2: Wednesday 23 February 2011

8.30 Registration And Refreshments

9.00 Opening Remarks From The Chair

9.10 Simplifying The Approvals Process

Peter’s session will showcase South Australia’s experience in moving to a risk-based approach to mining approvals from a proponent’s perspective. Learn firsthand about the Beverley Extension and gain insights into Peter’s role with other SA projects and the challenges faced.

  • Reducing existing uncertainty and concern over the lack of strategic assessment
  • Providing clarification for timeframes for completion of key stages of the process
  • Promoting greater coordination between the proponent, EPA and other government agencies
  • Emphasising transparency for “stopping the clock” in assessments

Dr Peter Woods
Environment, Safety and Health Manager
HEATHGATE RESOURCES

9.50 Undertaking A Comprehensive Risk Based Environmental Management Plan

  • Managing obligations according to risk levels for the benefit of the environment, the business and the stakeholders
  • Combine the protection of significant environmental factors and day to day mine management
  • Make compliance with relevant legislation easier to demonstrate

Simon Sandover
Environmental and Community Relations Manager
MOUNT GIBSON LTD – KOOLAN ISLAND OPERATIONS

10.30 Morning Tea And Networking

11.00 Incorporating Aboriginal Heritage Values Into The Environmental Planning Process

  • Understanding the Aboriginal Heritage Act and how it affects your operations
  • Building strong relationships with community leaders
  • Liaising with Aboriginal communities effectively in order to comply with the Aboriginal Heritage Act Legislation

Kathryn Przywolnik
Registrar of Aboriginal Sites
DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, WA

11.40 Discussing The Overarching Principles Of Mine Closure Planning

  • Working with stakeholders and regulators in determining the requirements of mine rehabilitation
  • Options assessments and identifying opportunities and constraints within the planning process
  • Underlining the importance of ensuring your options can be implemented
  • Illustrating the principles of mine closure planning through relevant case studies

Senior Environmental Scientist Minerals and Energy Division
NORTHERN TERRITORY DEPARTMENT OF RESOURCES

12.20 Lunch And Networking

1.20 Designing Sustainable Tailings And Waste Management Strategies

The Department of Environment and Conservation has a broad role in facilitating, promoting and implementing new approaches that recognise the complexity of reducing waste in our society. In this session, Steve Appleyeard will highlight key points in developing policy and undertaking projects to significantly reduce waste.

Steve Appleyard
Principal Hydrogeologist
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION, WA

2.00 Underlining The Importance Of Community Engagement In Social Responsibility

  • Communicating practical and achievable plans to ensure that the project’s environmental requirements are complied with
  • Implementing an integrated plan for monitoring, assessing and controlling potential impacts
  • Reviewing and periodically updating communications with the community throughout the project’s construction and operations
  • Achieving sound, reasonable and consistent decisions on dust management

Dr John Yeates
VP Corporate Social Responsibility
IVERNIA MAGELLAN

2.40 Afternoon Tea And Networking

3.10 Understanding Basic Hydrogeology And The Principles Of Water Management In Mining In WA

The Department of Water’s core business is to manage the State’s groundwater and surface water resources and ensure adequate water services. It does this through adherence to sustainable development principles and a range of activities that include measurement, allocation and regulation. In this presentation, Gary will cover:

  • Developing water resource assessment, measurement and science
  • Planning and policy for both water resources and services
  • Aligning regional management and integration of delivery of services

Gary Humphreys
Senior Hydrogeologist Northwest
DEPARTMENT OF WATER, WA

3.50 DISCUSSION PANEL: Water Management Solutions For The Mining Industry

Minimising the impact of mining operations on local water resources has become a top priority of the mining industry. This discussion panel will look at the role and capability of the planning and approval process in:

  • Developing a sustainable water management approach – and what does that mean?
  • Selecting innovative and cost-effective planning approaches and options that reduce the environmental impact of operations
  • Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the scope of your water use/reuse/treatment opportunities

Joined by members of the speaking panel

4.30 Closing Remarks From The Chair

4.35 End Of Day 2

4.45 Start Of Workshop B: Developing And Implementing The Environmental Management Plan