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- Monash University researchers have created a database that has uncovered more than 80,000 inactive and unused mine sites across Australia.
- The mines have the potential to be transformed into new amenities, such as recreational lakes, carbon farms or renewable energy generation sites.
- Most inactive mines are from Australia’s gold mining era. Many cause harmful public health, economic and social challenges.
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“Efforts to ensure progressive rehabilitation throughout the life of mining operations are critical for Australia to achieve its goal of being a world leader in environmental stewardship and mineral resource governance.”The research team developed a Mining Incidence Documentation & Assessment Scheme (MIDAS) to catalogue and compare active and inactive mining data based on reports on mine sites that have been terminated, neglected or heritage classified. To highlight the potential use of the MIDAS database, researchers performed spatial analyses and environmental risk assessments on four inactive mine sites across Australia. Researchers identified that while Australia’s abandoned mines are mostly considered liabilities, they say a number of them have the potential to be valuable assets if managed properly. Exciting rehabilitation opportunities for inactive mine sites include:
- Constructions works
- Recreational and tourism potential, such as recreational lakes
- Carbon farming
- Renewable energy generation
- Waste sites
How to drive progressive rehabilitation and closure
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