The course will promote an exchange of knowledge between regulatory agencies and mining project proponents. It will address relevant legislation and policy. The course focuses on regulatory matters, surface water methods and groundwater assessment.


Noel Merrick

Hydro Simulations

Noel is a highly regarded industry consulting professional who also has a long and eminent background in research, lecturing and mentoring PhD and Masters students. Noel is a groundwater modeller, hyd... Read more

George Gates

CSG & GW Consultant

As Director of Water Management Implementation in the NSW Office of Water, George was responsible for surface and groundwater management. He has been writing groundwater policy for the NSW government ... Read more

Gary Humphreys

WA Dept of Water

Gary Humphreys is the North West Hydrogeologist with the WA Government's Department of Water. His work program covers the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, where he is focused on mining, irrigated agricu... Read more

Steve Perrens


Steve is an environmental engineer with over 40 years experience in consulting and applied research related to water resource assessment, engineering hydrology, pollution control and natural resource ... Read more

Attendees will gain:

  • A broad understanding of the many aspects of water in mining
  • A balanced view between conflicting developmental and environmental issues
  • A better appreciation of the regulatory constraints on mine development
  • Specialist knowledge in surface water and groundwater methodologies for environmental assessment

The Super Pit is Australia’s largest open cut gold mine, located near Kalgoorlie, WA

Day 1

  • An historical perspective on mining in Australia
  • Lessons learned
  • Water regulation – national perspective
  • Planning approvals for major mining developments
  • Regulatory aspects of unconventional gas

Day 2

  • Hydrological processes on mine catchments
  • Geochemistry of mine water and host rock groundwater
  • Surface water quality and quantity issues in mines
  • Surface water monitoring design
  • Surface water Modelling
  • Water management planning and impact assessment
  • Surface water case studies

Day 3

  • Hydrogeological assessment
  • Groundwater monitoring, sampling and assessment
  • Impact assessment
  • Mine dewatering
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Groundwater case studies