Currently with the booming construction and expansion projects in the mining sector, great importance has been attached to planning, design, development and management of mine site infrastructure. In addition, the increasing use of automation and digital networks, as well as the greater popularity of modularisation, mine site infrastructure needs further improvements to cater for higher productivity and sustainability. Mine Site Infrastructure conference is the only event of its kind in WA this year focusing on all major issues such as project scoping, feasibility studies, planning and design, transport infrastructure, automation and communications, social and environmental risks, and more. Practical case studies, workshops, expert insights and regulatory updates will presented aiming to help delegates achieve higher productivity and sustainability through better mine site planning and design.
Rory completed studies at the Queensland University of Technology in 1984 and commenced a career in land management with the Queensland National Parks Service and later the private sector throughout Australia and New Zealand. For the past 17 years he has worked in the mining industry focusing primarily on mine rehabilitation, closure planning and implementation, community affairs and Native Title. He was Sustainability Manager at Granny Smith Goldmine which involved aspects including closure plan development, rehabilitation management, native title management and feasibility and approvals projects. He joined Newmont in 2002 as Environment Manager for the Bronzewing Operations and was engaged in closure plan development, closure project management – Mt McClure and government approvals and reporting. He was the Senior Technical advisor for Closure and Reclamation for Newmont Asia Pacific for seven years until 2011 at which time he was involved in projects throughout the pacific region involving, closure plans development, closure project management, liability assessment, stakeholder engagement processes, technical, study review co-ordination, research project management, incident management and government liaison. On a number of occasions Rory has led teams which has been recognised with environmental excellence accolades and presented at numerous national and international conferences on the mine closure management, rehabilitation planning, weed management and geochemistry. He has led and participated in numerous benchmarking exercises which have involved structured learning programs visiting dozens of closed and rehabilitated minesites through Australia and the internationally. He is now the Director of a consultancy specialising in closure and rehabilitation and is focused on strategic partnership with clients and consultancies to deliver targeted, leadership and cost effective and closure planning and implementation outcomes for the mining sector.