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Social and Economic Impacts of Mining Forum

Maraboon Tavern, Emerald

Hosted by Central Queensland University , the Australian Coal Association Research Program and the Central Highlands Development Corporation.

Wednesday 17 th of May, 2006.

9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

9.30 – 9.40

Roger Wischusen (ACARP)

Opening and welcoming address


Session 1: Identifying the issues


9.40 – 10.00


Assoc. Prof. John Rolfe (CQU

Identifying social and economic issues in the Bowen Basin

10.00 – 10.15

Cr Peter Freeleagus (Belyando Shire)


Moranbah and mine development

10.15 – 10.30

Tom McAtee (Curragh Mine)

Dealing with change and development pressures


10.30 – 10.45

Grant O'Dea (CQU)

Issues with the EIS process


Session 2: Assessment and engagement mechanisms


11.15 – 11.35

Assoc. Prof. Stewart Lockie (CQU)

Social impacts of mining in Blackwater and the Bauhinia Shire


11.35 – 11.55


Prof. David Brereton (Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, UQ)


Setting indicators for cumulative impacts

11.55 – 12.15

Dr Connie Zheng (CQU)

Balancing work and lifestyle in the mining industry


12.15 – 12.35

Assoc. Prof. Lee DiMilia (CQU)

Drive-in/Drive-out and fatigue issues


12.35 – 12.55

Galina Ivanova (CQU)

Using different assessment mechanisms in Blackwater and the Bauhinia Shire


12.55 – 1.15

Andrew McEwan (Office of Local Government and Planning)

Planning for the development at Moranbah and the Bowen Basin


Session 3: Finding solutions and using the tools


2.00 – 3.00

PANEL DISCUSSION – Chair, Professor Bob Miles , CQU

  • Ensham Resources – Graham Morris (Manager, Projects and Environment)
  • Managing Growth & Preserving Lifestyle: Bauhinia Shire Council – Cale Dendle (CEO)
  • Curragh Mine – Tom McAtee (Manager, HR)
  • Department of Communities – Frank Gilbert (Regional Director)
  • CHRRUP – Liz Alexander (Coordinator)


3.00 – 4.00

Open forum, with closing comments by Professor Bob Miles


4.00 – 4.15

John Merritt (Anglo Coal)

Assoc. Prof John Rolfe

Summing up

Summary of Key Themes