Authors: Shandro, JA; Ostry, A; Scoble, M; Van Zyl, D

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Shandro, JA, Ostry, A, Scoble, M & Van Zyl, D 2011, 'Reaching economic and social prosperity – a need to collaborate with communities through commodity cycles to post-closure', in AB Fourie, M Tibbett & A Beersing (eds), Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 167-176.

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This paper begins by describing key case studies that illuminate how specific mining communities in British Columbia (BC) have fared over a variety of mine closure circumstances. Investigations that have identified parameters important in the characterisation of BC mining community health, well-being, and sustainability, and have provided evidence that collaborative mine closure planning is essential for BC mining communities to reach economic and social prosperity are also highlighted. This paper concludes by detailing formal and informal means that can establish collaborative planning with the objective of linking mining corporations with the future sustainable development of its “community” beyond the life of a mine.

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