An interdisciplinary conference, ‘Mining in a Sustainable World’, was held at UNE on 13th-15th October. Experts in relevant fields gave presentations which looked at the benefits and problems of mining, in both a local and global setting. The economic and employment impacts of mining on Australia were examined, coming to the conclusion that Australia’s mining habits will not change in the near future. One presentation looked at the relationship between carbon taxes and mining. Aboriginal perspectives on the issue were also represented.
‘Some common ground was reached, and this is a good start when trying to build relationships to resolve difficult, important issues,’ said Dr Marty Branagan, the conference coordinator. He went on to say that attendants engaged in respectful and constructive dialogue about all viewpoints, which is a good sign for any future conferences regarding mining and sustainability.