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MINES WHEN MINES RELEASE WATER INTO CATCHMENTS AND THINGS GO WRONG, RESPONSIBILITY IS OFTEN PASSED ON TO THE COMMUNITY. HOW CAN THE MINING AND WATER INDUSTRIES WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT AUSTRALIA’S PRECIOUS WATER RESOURCES?

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By Cecilia Harris

ustralia is now home to more large mines than ever before. With head-spinning amounts of water relinquished to mining operations around the country, what can the water industry do to help mediate the mining industry’s legacy?

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PEOPLE POWER “In the past few decades, the industry’s gone from regularsized mines to huge mines. The amount of water that mines need now is no longer modest,” RMIT School of Engineering Associate Professor Gavin Mudd said. “We’re talking tens of gigalitres for an individual mine. The demands on and risks to water are astronomically high and there’s a lot of community concern.” University of Queensland Regional Water and Land Resources Professor Neil McIntyre said that with water issues in the spotlight, stakeholders are raising questions about potential post-mining water releases too. “Internationally, Australia is a leader in terms of good water management practice. That’s not to say that all the issues are

Current Magazine November 2017  

We are thrilled to bring you the latest edition of our member magazine, Current. This edition includes a cover story on how the 3D printing...

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We are thrilled to bring you the latest edition of our member magazine, Current. This edition includes a cover story on how the 3D printing...