Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice

Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice event:

Wednesday 1 May Meeting: Rehabilitating mined land

Corinne Unger will address the need for a national abandoned mine hub in Australia and focus on the issues of abandoned mines. One example is that of the MountMorgan open cut pit uncontrolled release of acid mine drainage during January and February.

Corrine completed her Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in geomorphology and climatology with a Diploma of Education at MacquarieUniversity, NSW. Later she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Geoscience in Applied Geomorphology. Corinne worked in Soil Conservation in NSW for 4 years then in the mining industry in areas of mine rehabilitation, planning and research in the NT for 10 years then regulation within the QLD government and abandoned mine rehabilitation and on sites in several states of Australia, a further 5 years. Corinne has been a self-employed environmental consultant for 8 years working in Australia and overseas. Corinne was awarded a James Love Churchill Fellowship in 2009 to study Abandoned Mine Rehabilitation and Post-Mining Land Use in Austria, Germany, England and Canada, completing her report in 2010. Whilst continuing with her consulting business, Corinne commenced working in a part-time capacity within the CMLR at the University of Queensland as a Senior Research Officer early in 2011 with the aim of establishing a national abandoned mine entity. Corinne has a voluntary committee role within the Sustainability Committee of the AusIMM.

Research Interests

Within CMLR Corinne’s key research focus is on gathering data on abandoned mine environmental and socio-economic impacts as well as potential opportunities at a national level in Australia. These data are needed to develop an implementation plan to turn the ‘Strategic Framework for Abandoned Mine Management in the Minerals Industry’ (MCMPR/MCA) into action. Corinne would like to help develop the long term vision for future management of abandoned mines, and liability reduction in Australia in line with leading practices overseas part of which requires the engagement of all key stakeholders. This is likely to start with governments at all levels, followed by the mining industry (at MCA and state/NT levels), researchers, NGOs and individual land owners impacted by abandoned mines.

Our group invites participation from all members of the public who agree with these medical and scientific principles: that we should use evidence, reason and fairness as the principal means to address the issues facing society, in order to achieve the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people on a long term basis.

We are located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

5.30pm – biscuits, coffee/tea
6.00pm – presentation, discussion, Q&A

Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Boardrooms, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) signs will direct from there.

Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There’s also plenty of nearby on-street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.

Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.

Cost: FREE!

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