Smith, HD 2012, 'Post-closure planning for Ranger Uranium Mine', in AB Fourie & M Tibbett (eds), Mine Closure 2012: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure
, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 667-674, https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_rep/1208_56_Smith
The Ranger Uranium Mine is due for closure by 2021. The nature of potential long-term environmental impacts following closure indicates that a well-defined strategy is required if long-term stewardship is to be successful. A key consideration of this strategy is the inclusion of cultural and traditional ecological knowledge into closure plans in a manner that will allow Aboriginal landowners to assist with post-closure land management activities and regain their connectivity with the mined out land.
This paper seeks to summarise our earlier work on combining traditional and western scientific knowledge systems and demonstrate how they can be developed into plans for long-term stewardship, not only at Ranger but also at existing legacy sites and future mines. The key anticipated outcomes of these plans include reconstruction of a culturally appropriate and useable natural environment; which we believe represents best practice in mine closure.
Australian Government (2000) Environmental Requirements of the Commonwealth of Australia for the Operation of Ranger Uranium Mine, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra.
Commonwealth of Australia (2006) Stewardship – Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2006.
Commonwealth of Australia (1981) Finniss River Land Claim, Report by the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Mr Justice Toohey, to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and to the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
Fawcett, M. and Rider, M. (2011) The Rum Jungle Project, AusIMM Bulletin 2, 2011, pp. 16–20.
Hancock, G.R., Lowry, J.B.C., Coulthard, T.J., Evans, K.G. and Moliere, D.R. (2010) A catchment scale evaluation of the SIBERIA and CAESAR landscape evolution models, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol. 35, Issue 8, pp. 863–875.
Hollingsworth, I.D. and Odeh, I.O.A. (2009) Simulation and Assessment of Mine Landscape Reconstruction Using Analogue Landform and Environmental Design Criteria, ICECS '09 Proceedings of the 2009 Second International Conference on Environmental and Computer Science, pp. 62–65.
Jacobsen, N. (2012) Progressive Rehabilitation 2012–2017, Pilot Projects, Energy Resources of Australia Internal Paper, March 2012.
Smith, H.D. (2008) Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to develop closure criteria in tropical Australia; in Proceedings Third International Seminar on Mine Closure (Mine Closure 2008), A.B. Fourie and M. Tibbett, I.M. Weiersbye, P. Dye (eds), 14‒17 October 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 47–56.
Smith, H.D. (2009) Strangers in a foreign land – developing cultural closure criteria for mines in Australia’s Northern Territory, in Proceedings Fourth International Conference on Mine Closure (Mine Closure 2009), A.B. Fourie and M. Tibbett (eds), 9‒11 September 2009, Perth, Australia, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 3–12.
Smith, H.D. (2011) Aboriginal culture, socio-economics and the social licence to operate, in Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Social Responsibility in Mining, September 2011, Santiago, Chile, pp. 152–154.
Smith, H.D. (2012) Indigenous culture, socio-economics and the social licence to operate, in Proceedings of the Ninth International Alumina Quality Workshop, March 2012, Perth, Australia, pp. 37–42.
Tipa, G. and Teirney, L. (2006) Using the Cultural Health Index: how to assess the health of streams and waterways, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington, New Zealand.
United Nations (1987) Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, Annex to document A/42/427 – Development and International Co-operation: Environment, Geneva.
United Nations (2007) United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Resolution 61/295, UN General Assembly, September 2007.
Yukon Government (2005) DRAFT Yukon Mine Site Reclamation and Closure Policy for New Mines, Whitehorse, Canada.