Our own Hunter Lake District by Tim Roberts
A tour of England usually includes a trip to the picturesque Lake District in Cumbria County to see
the fells and the many glacier-sculpted lakes. A tour of Western Australia southeast of Perth can
include the Collie Lake District with its 16 or so pit lakes, the result of open-cut coal mining in the
region. Some are abandoned without rehabilitation and others are used for recreation or
commercial activities. Mining in the Hunter Region is vast and will continue long past my lifetime,
and eventually we too will have our own Lakes District with some 20 to 30 mine voids slowly filling
with water over coming decades or centuries. It is imperative we plan for remediation of those
lands before the mining is underway. Good planning takes time, research and conversations such as “what is the best use of post-mining landscapes’, “how does the current research impact on existing practices” and “how can we improve our commitment to the community to remediate these lands”.
On Thursday 12 th April at Wests Lambton, these topics and more will be under an international
spotlight with some 250 delegates from across Australia and the world coming to hear the latest
approaches to the management of rehabilitation of disturbed lands post mining at the eighth Annual Best Practice Mined Land Rehabilitation conference. International speakers will include soils and restoration ecology expert Professor Eduardo Arellano from Chile, tropical forestry expert Professor Yudi Arifin from Indonesian Borneo and geomorphic mine rehabilitation expert Professor José Martín Duque from Spain.
This annual Conference organised by the TFI and the Hunter
Environmental Institute is a significant event on the Hunter Region calendar in the quest for
better regulations and outcomes for mined lands and their associated voids - soon to be pit
Originally published in Newcastle Herald 9/04/2018
Director - Professor Tim Roberts
02 4921 7037
Tom Farrell Institute
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