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As a mine is closed, the management process is highly likely to be required to support on-going site
management and reporting to stakeholders and regulators, for decades afterwards. It is essential, therefore,
to ensure the maintenance of corporate memory by retaining essential site data. This site data will provide
the foundation for the research science that may be needed to provide confidence on residual risk to
regulators in order to gain relinquishment.
Partnerships between tertiary institutions and corporations holding the mine sites provide one mechanism to
achieve long-term stewardship of site information essential to meet regulatory requirements and support
research to fill gaps in knowledge of site-specific natural systems and rehabilitation performance.
A set of management system tools has been developed to manage and utilize the wide range of data, reports
and images remaining at a number of closed mines, in partnership with the organizations ultimately
responsible for the closed sites. This includes purpose-built software that combines accurate and to-scale
three-dimensional photo images and scientific software to hold, display and interpret the wide range of
environmental data at each site.
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