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Mining and healthy waterways: Can the two co-exist?

11/04/2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Summary of event

Held in April, nearly 40 people attended this fantastic seminar. Breaking from tradition, the RBMS facilitated a panel style discussion seminar. Featuring four panellists from different sectors of the industry the audience engaged in a lively debate on whether rivers and mining can co-exist. No clear answer was agreed upon but all of our panellists highlighted the need for strong advocacy, well-resourced regulators and ethical miners. The audience heard from Ian Rutherford, Ross Hardie, Marty Hillemacher and Ian Campbell and the panel discussion was facilitated by Chris Arnott.

A podcast of the seminar is available for RBMS members here.


Event details

When mines and waterways collide, the results can often be disastrous for both the environment and the productivity of the mine. Where should the priorities lie? Is legislation adequate to ensure balanced actions? Are the legacy impacts justified and adequately offset? This seminar seeks to delve further into this hot topic from both sides of the fence and to consider how mining and healthy waterways can co-exist.

The RBMS is pleased to present this exciting ‘Q & A’ seminar, our second for 2013. The audience will have the opportunity to hear from a range of energetic and opinionated panellists prior to engaging in a facilitated discussion on the topic.

To support this new ‘Q & A’ format, please send any questions that you may have for the panel in advance to, or post a your question on our Facebook page.

Facilitated by Chris Arnott (Director, Aither), our panellists include:

  • Assoc Prof Ian Rutherfurd – University of Melbourne
  • Ross Hardie – Technical Director, Alluvium
  • Marty Hillemacher – Specialist Project Engineer, Rio Tinto
  • Ian Campbell – River Scientist and Director, Rhithroecology

Join us for cheese, wine and soft drink from 5.30pm. The seminar will commence at 6pm – please note this is half an hour earlier than previous seminars.


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Theatre 2 – Basement
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia