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Water Management + Mining Conference

Managing mining operations in times of extreme drought

10-11 March 2020 | Radisson Blu, Sydney

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Many regions across Australia are enduring extreme drought conditions unprecedented in living memory. Regional communities are facing potentially catastrophic water shortages with many towns facing a “Day Zero” where water ceases to be available.

Mining operations require access to water as a critical input. Many sites are utilising urgent water efficiency plans and implementing new technologies as a key part of their business continuity planning.

This important industry event will bring together mine management executives from across Australia to share experiences, tips and strategies on how their operations are minimising water usage, optimising recycling and developing key learnings on what additional strategies can be implemented to ensure operations continue through extreme drought conditions.

Join us for a comprehensive two-day forum as we hear from frontline site executives, water infrastructure officials, government and many more as we work together to chart a course through these extreme environmental conditions.

Just some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Case studies on how specific mines are managing their operations in this time of water scarcity
  • An analysis of water saving measures from various mining regions in the Central West, Hunter Valley and interstate
  • Case studies on how some mining operations are partnering with local government to provide townships access to water
  • Strategies for the future if the drought continues – options for desalination plants, new pipeline construction to interconnect regions with new supplies of water
  • Utilising rail haulage to transport water and secure new supplies
  • Comprehensive review of new water saving technologies that can be rolled out
  • Waste water recycling strategies
  • Exploration for new groundwater supplies, and how this can be integrated into mining operations
  • Dust suppression alternatives
  • Undertaking the challenge of mine site rehabilitation during drought
  • Water trading and its role


James McTavish

NSW Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator, Cross-Border Commissioner, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Blair Douglas

Global Practice Lead Hydrology and Water, BHP

Tom Rooney

Group Chief Executive Officer & President, Waterfind

Mark Armstrong

Manager, Mineral Resource Assessment, Geological Survey of NSW

Jonathon Thompson

Group Environment Manager, Aurelia Metals

Dr Wendy Timms

Professor of Environmental Engineering, Deakin University

when & where

10 - 11 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu, Sydney
27 O’Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Please call on 02 8585 0808.


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Nicholas Mayfield
Conference Producer
+61 (2) 9080 4477

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4030

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