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Stakeholder engagement to maximise the benefits and acceptance of land packages for post mining leases. Final Report

posted on 2023-12-04, 02:51 authored by John RolfeJohn Rolfe, Jo-Anne Everingham, Delwar AkbarDelwar Akbar, Susan KinnearSusan Kinnear
This project sought to identify and evaluate models for stakeholder involvement in post-mining land use change issues in the Bowen Basin. The key data collection method was four workshops with a cross section of stakeholders, held in Blackwater between February and September 2017. Outcomes of the workshop discussions about factors relevant to post mining land use were: • Stakeholder engagement was viewed as important for planning end-of-mine land use change, • Grazing was viewed by stakeholders as a viable land use on post-mining lands. • Landholders will accept ‘packages’ of land that have a mix of productive and non-productive country types, and do not require every hectare of the property to be productive. • There was some support for some mining lands to be returned to native vegetation, but only as part of grazing properties. • Options for making post-mining land suitable for grazing enterprises would need to be negotiated on a case by case basis, • Ideally the planning and engagement would not be last-minute and the end-use landholder would be determined before mine closure, perhaps with the transition involving a lease arrangement followed by eventual purchase. • There was some more limited interest in other options for land use, such as biofuels or farming. Five examples of stakeholder panels suitable to assess resource management issues were identified, and guidelines developed to match the type of engagement to the relevant framework and goals: • Community reference group • Special issue group • Community reference panel • Expert reference panel • Taskforce. Limited differences in views could be identified between stakeholder groups in the workshops, indicating potential to generate agreement about post-mining land uses. The limited variation in views across different sectors also provided a baseline case for engagement and planning processes to develop consensus positions. The process used across the workshops involved five key steps: • Identify relevant issues and areas where extra information is required (Workshop 1) • Provide specialised information back to group (Workshop 2) • Undertake group planning exercises for post-mining land use change (Workshop 2) • Technical input to consolidate and refine planning • Confirmation that the final plan met stakeholder approval (Workshop 3). The results of the workshop process demonstrated how diversity in individual views could be consolidated through group discussion processes and other inputs over successive workshops to generate consensus views about post-mining land use change. However challenges still remain to ensure that outcomes are consistent over time and space, given that the stakeholders do not always agree and that group outcomes can vary with the individuals involved.


Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)


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