History of water use in the Perth—Bunbury region

History of water use in the Perth—Bunbury region

This is a slight modified extract from the report – Lund, M.A. and Martin, H.C. (1996) Historical association of wetlands and rivers in the Perth-Bunbury region. Water Resource Technical Series. Water and Rivers Commission Report WRT3. Perth, Western Australia. The full report also includes information on each Shire and Suburb in the Perth-Bunbury region. Early Exploration The Dutch were the first Europeans to discover Western Australia (WA) in 1616 and over subsequent years mapped the coast and lost many ships to reefs. The Dutch found that the land contained little in terms of accessible supplies and the Aboriginal people were…

MiWER in the media

MiWER in the media

2020 Southway, K. (2020) Tackling saline mine pit lakes.  Australian Mining Review August 17, 2020, https://australianminingreview.com.au/features/tackling-saline-mine-pit-lakes/ link – interview with Mark Lund 2017 Blanchette, M. and Lund, M.A. (2017) Turning Hazelwood’s empty coal mine into a lake could help heal mining towns. The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/turning-hazelwoods-empty-coal-mine-into-a-lake-could-help-heal-mining-towns-74258. link Lund, M.A. and Blanchette, M.L. (2017) Mine Closure: enhancing the prospects for future generations. ECU research making a difference. p 18-19. PDF 2014 Lund, M.A., Blanchette, M.L., Newport, M. and Wyse, L. (2014) The Mine Water and Environment Research Centre in Western Australia: Engaging students in academics and industry. Poster presented at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland,…

Opportunities for Sustainable Mining by Beneficial Pit Lake End Uses

Opportunities for Sustainable Mining by Beneficial Pit Lake End Uses

Clint McCullough (MiWER), Mark Lund (MiWER)     Can Australian pit lakes be used for sustainable enduses for mining companies, communities or the environment?   Being a finite abstraction, “sustainable mining” is something of an oxymoron for what is inherently unsustainable activity. Nevertheless, in an era of increasing recognition of environmental and social damage through an ever-growing scale of mining coupled with increasing corporate social conscience for these activities, the mining industry usually works to reduce operational risk and retain its “social licence to mine” the community resource through a variety of strategies. Figure: Conceptual beneficial end uses for pit lakes…

Monitoring Strategies for Australian Pit Lakes and Connected Waters

Monitoring Strategies for Australian Pit Lakes and Connected Waters

Clint McCullough (MiWER), Mark Lund (MiWER), Lu Zhao (MiWER)     Conceptual modelling to better understand ecological risks posed by pit lakes   Strategic management of pit lakes as a regional resource and/or liability requires a data collection programme to advise management processes such as environmental and human health and safety. Development of a monitoring and management strategy for pit lakes and connected waters would be made through a review of the various international best practice guidelines. This study has begun with a literature review of pit lake water quality monitoring strategies. In particular, parameters identified from reviewing existing pit lake…

Development of Pit Lake Beneficial End Uses

Development of Pit Lake Beneficial End Uses

Clint McCullough (MiWER), Douglas Hunt (Curtin University), Louis Evans (Curtin University) What planning and regulatory involvement if required to develop pit lakes into beneficial end uses? Social licence to mine is encouraging a much greater emphasis on sustainability and contribution to the local community of a post-mining landscape than ever before. Development of a pit lake resource into a beneficial end use depends upon input from the mining company involved, the local community and also relevant regulatory agencies. Planning must ideally occur before the first hole is dug, and from then on it should be regularly updated as economic and social…