Addressing Environmental Impact of Mining's Past & Future
Australia’s mining sector is an essential contributor to our economy and way of life.
To ensure its economic and social sustainability, Australia’s mineral resources sector must effectively address the sector’s environmental impacts. Recognising this, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) has developed an Action Statement calling for the sector to proactively address Australia’s abandoned mine legacy; improve environmental assessments and management; and enhance community engagement.
To launch this statement, ATSE and the Institute of Sustainable Futures (ISF) are bringing together leaders from the mining industry, government and research communities for an engaging panel discussion on the future of environmental management in the mineral resources sector.
The panel discussion will be followed by an informal networking session.
Ms Denise Goldsworthy FTSE
Owner and Managing Principal, Alternate Futures; Chair, ATSE Mineral Resources Forum
Following 17 years at BHP Steel and 14 years in Mining (iron ore and minerals), including roles as Managing Director Dampier Salt, Managing Director HIsmelt and Chief Commercial Officer Autonomous Haul Trucks (Rio Tinto), Denise has successfully transitioned to the third phase of her career as a Non-Executive Director and advisor on research, technology and innovation to both industry and research organisations, through the company Alternate Futures, of which she is the owner and Managing Principal.
Denise is the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. She is also a Judge for the Prime Minister’s Science Awards, a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), and a 2011 inductee in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.
Denise current board positions include Chairman, ChemCentre WA; Non-Executive Director, Arrium; Non-Executive Director, Export Finance and Insurance Commission (EFIC); Non-Executive Director, Minerals Research Institute WA (MRIWA); Member of Council and Chair Quality, Audit and Risk Committee at Edith Cowan University; Member of Commercialisation Advisory Board, Curtin University; and Trustee, Navy Clearance Diver’s Trust.
Professor Damien Giurco
Director (Innovation) Institute of Sustainable Futures and Professor of Resource Futures,
University of Technology Sydney
Damien’s research with government and industry is focused on modelling resource flows and environmental impacts and on developing strategies for resource stewardship in the minerals, water, energy and waste sectors.
He led the development of Vision 2040: Innovation in Mining and Minerals, which advocated for a National Minerals Strategy and is currently leader of the Wealth from Waste Cluster a multi-university collaboration with CSIRO researching Australian pathways for metals in a circular economy.
Previously Damien was Chair of the AusIMM Sustainability Committee, and oversaw its progression to become the AusIMM Community and Environment Society. Damien is Editor-in-Chief Resources; Chair, Energy Storage Working Group, Australian Battery Recycling Initiative; and a Member of the NSW Container Deposit System Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Ms Corinne Unger
PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology; Member, Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources Technical Review Board; Independent Consultant
Corinne is a PhD student in the Management Discipline at the UQ Business School. Originally trained as an earth scientist, Corinne has been awarded the QRC/EHP scholarship to develop a greater understanding of corporate and government risks associated with mine closure. Previously, Corinne was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation at UQ exploring maturity of abandoned mine jurisdictional programs and mine rehabilitation and closure knowledge management (MRC-wiki). Corinne’s knowledge of abandoned mined land rehabilitation and closure risks builds on her work as a prestigious Churchill Fellow in 2009 looking at case studies from Austria, Germany, England and Canada. Before her fellowship, Corinne managed abandoned mines in Central Queensland for the QLD government and she led rehabilitation and research at a Northern Territory uranium mine.
Dr David Blackmore
Director Environmental Sustainability, NSW Department of Planning and Environment (Resources and Geoscience); Adjunct Professor, University of Newcastle
Mr Frank Klostermann
General Manager - Innovation, Toxfree
Mr Bruce Wilson
Head of Resource Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science