About the Central Queensland Mine Rehabilitation Group

The Central Queensland Mine Rehabilitation Group (CQMRG) has existed for over 20 years as a successful networking forum of rehabilitation practitioners operating in the Central Queensland area.  CQMRG was established at a time when mining companies required information on suitable species to grow in mine spoil as well the methods required to do this successfully. 

The initial goal of the group according to one foundation member, was to provide support for environmental officers working at Central Queensland mines to answer such questions as: ‘what trees should we grow in mine spoil?’

CQMRG continues to this day largely due to the cooperative efforts of the individual industry practitioners, consultants, and government participants that make up its membership.

CQMRG most typically functions through a "field days" networking model, with practitioners gathering at operating mine sites to view and discuss various aspects of rehabilitation practice.

The Group is effective as a result of its openness of membership, honesty of discussion and from a driving desire of its membership to drive effective and value-adding rehabilitation outcomes.


CQMRGs first workshop was held at Oaky Creek Mine in July 1993 and then included representatives of the mining industry, government regulators, unions, academia and various supporting consulting and contracting industries; and including names now synonymous with the early development of mine rehabilitation. 

In 2013, CQMRG celebrated its 25th workshop with a 2-day workshop at Central Queensland University, with the theme of "looking backwards - stepping forwards" and extending a special invitation to those who had attended the inaugural 1993 workshop.

The full registry of workshops is:

 Year Location(s)
 2016 Rolleston/ Springsure
 2015 Mackay/ Hail Creek
 2013 Rockhampton
 2012 Blackwater; Burton
 2011 Blair Athol
 2010 Rockhampton; Blackwater
 2009 Isaac Plains; Emerald; Ensham
 2008 Emerald, Newlands
 2007 Yarwun (Alcan)
 2006 Curragh; Goonyella Riverside; Moranbah North
 2005 Gregory Crinum, Callide, Oaky Creek
 2004 German Creek
 2003 Mount Morgan; Newlands
 2002 Kestrel; Rockhampton; Goonyella Riverside
 2001 Stanwell; Collinsville; Moura
 2000 Callide; South Walker Creek; Curragh
 1999 Crinum/Gregory; Oaky Creek; German Creek
 1998 Rockhampton; Newlands ; Peak Downs
 1997 Collinsville; Moura; Blackwater
 1996 Goonyella Riverside; Emerald; Blair Athol
 1995 South Blackwater; Gordonstone; Gladstone
 1994 Tarong; University of Central Queensland; Norwich Park
 1993 Oaky Creek; Callide
 
The Central Queensland Mine Rehabilitation Group is an unincorporated, not-for-profit association trading as Central Queensland Mine Rehabilitation Group (CQMRG)  ABN 27 725 868 800

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