About Mine Closure 2024

26–28 November 2024 | The Westin Perth, Western Australia

Conference co-chairs

Professor Andy Fourie
Professor of Civil & Mining Engineering and Program Director – Future Tails
The University of Western Australia

Andy is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a PhD from the Imperial College, University of London. He has worked at the University of Queensland and the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Outcomes from his research have been incorporated in changes to environmental legislation in South Africa. He contributed to a series of guidelines for managing mine tailings in Australia, as well as developing a document for the International Atomic Energy Association on barrier systems for retaining uranium mining waste.
Andy has been involved in many industry-focussed projects with current projects including An evaluation of tailings storage facilities monitoring technologies managed by AMIRA and funded by eight mining companies; Future Tails aimed at training, research and education to improve tailings management funded by BHP and Rio Tinto; and Evaluating potential static liquefaction of tailings to prevent failures, funded by six mining companies as well as the Australian Research Council. Andy is also currently a member of five international tailings review boards.

Professor Mark Tibbett
Professor of Soil Ecology
University of Reading, UK

Mark is a soil ecologist with over 25 years’ experience in a range of fields related to plants-soil interactions, mycorrhizas, decomposition and microbially mediated processes in soil. His research portfolio includes soil carbon, metals in the soil-plant system, phosphorus cycling, bioremediation, metallophytes and mine site rehabilitation. Mark is the co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Soil Research and an associate editor for the Australian Journal of Botany and Restoration Ecology and has published a book entitled Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes.

Welcome to Country Speaker

Freda Ogilvie

A Whadjuk/Ballardong matriarch, with National and State responsibilities, participation experience on Education and Early Childhood Education committees in Western Australia and the Australian Government.
Wrote and initiated the BEST START for the Department for Community Services focus on 0-4 years home training program. Parents as first teachers included training and pre- training to the Basic Child Care course provide by TAFE 1980-1980.
Training in Cultural Awareness SITES and SIGHTS ON THE DERBYL YERRIGAN was presented to RUAH COMMUNITY Serves and FISHABILITY SERVECES WA. Roles of Men and Women, sights of significance along the Derbyl Yerrigan Flores and laws of the Colony and activities of the family.
Further work in responsibilities as a Whadjuk matriarch, CITY OF FREMANTLE, included participation and involvement o the Elders Committee and the Access and Inclusion Committee.
Speaking up and speaking out on matters of family, Education, health, domestic violence and community services is my role, responsibility and accountability to myself and the privileges I have attained throughout my life.

Conference organisers

Josephine Ruddle
Mine Closure Event Manager
Australian Centre for Geomechanics


Candice McLennan
Mine Closure Event Coordinator
Australian Centre for Geomechanics