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Effective mine closure planning and environmental impact assessment (EIA) alike are essential practices well established in international practice that attempt to ensure that mining activities meet sustainable development expectations. Responsible mining practices are continually evolving with ever more emphasis on values-based behaviors that deliver sustainable benefits for people and the planet, even after a mine is closed. The future of the mining industry is dependent on the legacy it leaves. Industry reputation is affected when mines are abandoned or long-term detrimental environmental impacts emerge because they were not appropriately addressed

The WA Mines and Environment's Mine Closure Conference brings together mining and environmental industry professionals face-to-face and a virtual audience from across the globe.

Here delegates can learn, share and collaborate on the latest information,  mine closure regulation/auditing findings, framework,  research, and findings designed to close the gap in communication and address compliance for a sustainable future. 

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Participate in robust discussions, remain updated and informed, and connect with multi-discipline sectors and peers.

The conference will be held face-to-face and virtual - livestreamed from WA and will feature a high-quality technical program and expert keynote speakers.

The hybrid conference format for the WA Mine Closure Conference is expected to attract regional Australians and global audiences whilst providing an in-person experience in Perth. The Mines and Environment Mine Closure Conference provides a forum for presenting the latest updates, and to discuss current and future issues facing the mining and environmental sectors. Early bird Registrations are now open. 

A full program along with abstracts will be available by the end of November 2022 

Mine Closure WA Conference 2023

Date: Wed 15th March 2023

Venue: Kings Park State Reception Centre 

60 Fraser Ave, West Perth Western Australia 

Time: Arrival 8.00 am for 8.30 start. Finish:  4.30 pm 

Optional Dinner: 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Includes dinner, beverages, and light entertainment. 


Tables of 8: $6320 (inc GST) 

Early bird expires 15th Dec 22 


6.30 PM - 9.00 PM


Additional Dinner Guests (Dinner only )* : $250pp


Livestreamed Globally. UTC/GMT +8 hours

Please register to secure the early bird

A full agenda will be available soon.

*Additional Dinner Guest ticket: must be a guest of a Conference ticket holder.

The price is for Dinner only. All prices include GST 

Key Note Speakers 


Dr Danielle Risby 

Team Leader Mine Closure and Technical Advice 

Dept of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

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Kim Bennett

Senior Principal Mine Closure Specialist, Stantec

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Alex Gardner 

University of WA

Environmental legal consultant to the Environmental Defender's Office (WA) and to Western Australian Government Agencies responsible for water resources management. 


Dr Sarah Holcombe

Senior Research Fellow


University of Queensland 

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Mike O'Kane 

Senior Technical Advisor  

Okane Consultants 


Andrew Nelson 

Principal Hydrogeology

Mineral Resources Limited

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Peter Cook 

Professorial Research Fellow

Flinders University 

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Silver Sponsor 
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FInal Abstracts and Synopsis of presentations available within 6 weeks.  

Green Triangle  (below) next to the topic  indicates an abstract is available, Please click on that topic to view the abstract and Bio of the Speaker 

Mapping the Regulatory Framework of Mine Closure

- Professor Alex Gardner, University of WA 

Lead Author 

Facilitating Open Pit Mine Closure with Managed Aquifer Recharge

- Professor Peter Cook

Professorial Research Fellow

Flinders University 

Social aspects of  Mine Closure

- Dr Sarah Holcombe

University of Queensland 

Integrated mine planning and designing for closure – strategic analysis – focal points on waste rock management

- Mike O'Kane

Senior Technical Advisor

Okane Consultants (Canada) 

Regulating mine closure in WA

- Dr. Danielle Risby

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety 

Using imagery to develop a 3D resource model of waste rock landforms for closure design

- Kim Bennett

Senior Principal Mine Closure Specialist, Stantec

Integrated Mine Planning to minimise AMD and improve Mine Closure Outcomes

- Mike O'Kane 

Senior Technical Advisor

Okane Consultants (Canada) 

Environmental monitoring and managing water quality on rehabilitated landforms 
- Andrew Nelson
Principal Hydrogeology 
Mineral Resources Limited
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Join the Global Livestream or
join in-person 

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Sponsor or Exhibit 

Please fill in the below form to register your interest to Sponsor or Exhibit. This form may take a few seconds to load. 

Further details will be emailed to you.

Or you can email call 1300 667 709. We will respond within 24 hours 

Exhibit costs:

$2900 exc gst 3x3m. Includes 1.8m trestle table and display space and 1 ticket for Conference and Dinner .

$300 exc gst extra for a 3x2m booth. Extras such as furniture at extra cost. You can also bring your own display up to 12sqm. Contact us for more details. 

All Sponsorships offer presentation and exhibit space.