This publication provides an overview of what the Finnish
mining industry could learn from the Australian mining
practices. The analysis is part of Tekes' Green Mining
program SAM project (Sustainable and Acceptable Mining).
A number of interviews were made in Australia with
researchers and representatives of mining activities. The
interviews were conducted in collaboration with the
Australian CSIRO research institute. The interviewees
were asked about how the Australian mining industry
handle issues related to social acceptability and what
kind of good practices exist. Concrete examples of good
practice were however rare. Two the most significant
were: 1) to hire to the mine planning process always an
experienced independent mining expert, whose task is to
guide the process and ensure that everything necessary
will be taken into account, as well as 2), underlining
the strong position of the mining industry trade
association in directing and acting in the mining
industry and the future development.
Based on interviews, it can be said that the challenges
of the Finnish and Australian mining social acceptability
of the field do not differ from each other significantly.
Australia's largest mining challenges from the
perspective of social acceptability are satisfactory
completion of closing the mines and the creation of trust
between the authorities and other stakeholders; the
concern is that the authorities favor the mining industry
in the interests of the rest of society, sacrificing, and
on the other hand, the communication processes do not
reach or touch different people.
In Australia the mines are often located in the real
wilderness. Employees fly to work in the mine, are
working at a certain period, and then fly back home.
Regional economic significance of the mines remain so low
and the environmental impact of mines is to a large
extent affecting specifically indigenous people. It was
also made clear that consideration of the social impact
in the mining processes and the achievement of social
acceptability are often more feasible in larger companies
than smaller companies. Also the Wallaby case, where
communication process was thorough and successful, as
well as the written guidelines are worth mentioning.
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|MoE publication type||Not Eligible|
- mining industry
- social licence to operate