CR PAHLKE – RDPO – LOCK THE GATE talk to International Mining Representatives from 13 Countries:
Friday August 1, 2014
Ipswich City Councillor David Pahlke (second from left) with
Rosewood District Protection Organisation (RDPO)
Inc members (from left) Col Thompson, Paul Kennedy and Arnold Reick.
Ipswich is playing host today to a delegation of international mining representatives as part of a workshop organised by the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC).
Almost 20 delegates from Africa, Asia, South America and the South Pacific are visiting Ipswich City Council to speak to community members and local government about the positive and negative influences extractive industries can have on communities in Australia and the measures taken by government to promote positive and mitigate negative outcomes.
Robin Evans, IM4DC Deputy Director, said the meeting was part of a four-week program the Centre was running that looked at the complexity of issues surrounding the governance of mining projects and the many social challenges faced on the ground by all stakeholders.
“We have 19 participants from countries such as Indonesia, Ghana, Mongolia, Peru and Fiji, to name a few, and from backgrounds such as government, civil society and academia,” Mr Evans said.
“The course has two specific objectives: firstly, to better understand international companies in the resource sector and the business imperative for establishing a “social license to operate” and secondly, to equip participants to better deal with complex community relations issues.
“There will be a strong focus on issues of relevance to government and community stakeholders, and how social issues are being addressed by industry at the local, national and international levels.
“The course will assist participants to develop knowledge and skills to identify and analyse community issues, and to formulate appropriate responses to these issues.”
Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlkesaid council was pleased to be able to spend some time with the IM4DC delegation.
“This is the second visit by the centre and we look forward to experiencing the same high level of interaction which occurred last time,” Cr Pahlke said.
“We are well and truly in the sunset clause phase of mining in Ipswich and after nearly 170 years of mining in Ipswich we have a strong mining heritage and I am proud of the underground mining industry.
“During my 24 years as a councillor I have found there to be both positives and negatives to mining in Ipswich.
“History has proven that urban development alongside mining is a recipe for disaster.
“Open cut mining can have a significant impact on a community and I think it is important for mining representatives to talk to local residents to help them understand the other side of the equation and that it is more than just budgets, jobs and dollars.
“They also have a social responsibility to residents and in 2014 that should be a number one priority.”
The International Mining for Development Centre was established in late 2011 as a key element in the Australian Government’s Mining for Development initiative.
The Centre is a partnership between The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia.
Media : Liam Foran, IM4DC Program Manager 0428 302 378.
About International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC)
The IM4DC was established as a joint venture between The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland in October 2011, and is funded by the Australian Government through a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) initiative.
IM4DC is a key element of Australia’s engagement internationally through economic diplomacy and aid for trade. IM4DC provides countries with the Australian expertise they need to build a sustainable mining sector, making better use of revenues, improving socially and environmentally sustainable development, and growing the economy. In this way, the initiative is helping developing countries use their natural resources to grow their economies and provide social benefits to their people.
IM4DC works industry, academia, government, non-government organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) and community groups to build capacity and alleviate poverty through sustainable mining practices.