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Are you in this position?

Have you received a letter from the EPA, DPIR or the Australian Government asking you for additional information?

Or are you just starting out on your journey on writing a Mining Management Plan, Environment Management Plan, Notice of Intent or EPBC Act Referral?

Are you feeling lost, confused or frustrated? Do you want to save money and improve environmental outcomes?

Well, we're here to help.

We know the approvals processes and have worked closely with (and for) the government so we understand what they're after and what they're NOT after!

We've created this series of free products specifically designed to help you to get a better understanding of what it is that government needs.

Eight common mistakes when writing an MMP / EMP

If you're looking to write a Mining / Environment Management Plans (MMP / EMP), we've come up with a list of the more common mistakes we see... and ways to avoid them. It'll help you to improve it's readability and therefore save time and money by avoiding unneccesary back-and-forth with the regulators. 

It was written specifically with mining in mind, but, of course it applicable to any EMP.

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8 common mistakes when writing a mining management plan and how to avoid them.
8 common mistakes when writing a mining management plan and how to avoid them.

6 ways to save money and time when writing an MMP / EMP and get better environmental outcomes

Whether your budget is big or small, the cost of writing a Mining Management Plan (MMP) can get out of control if you’re not careful. Understanding time frames for preparing each aspect for your MMP is important too. While it’s not necessary to engage an expert to write your entire MMP, it is important to get the critical elements right, so you end up with a better managed site, and more money left in your bank account. These are some tips that I’ve found to successfully work with mining, exploration or extractive companies in the NT to ensure their money and time is spent in the best possible way. 

Ways to improve Government consultation

Finding out who to talk to in government, and getting consistent advice, can be tricky.

Different government agencies have different policies, but they’re not always the easiest to find and understand.

However, there’s one sure-fire way to better understand the rules, how they apply to your site and increasing your chances of getting the government on your side.

Quite simply – it’s about consultation. 

The more questions you ask, the smoother your project will go and the greater your chances are of not having to take a backwards step. The officers in government responsible for assessing your project will have greater confidence in you and your project too.

Basically, it’s your responsibility to administer relevant regulations in a manner that is consistent with the Government’s intent. So, this is where talking to government helps a lot.

But first, let’s just take a step back for a minute…

Before embarking on any consultation, it’s important to know a few guiding principles when communicating your project. These principles will help to ensure that the effectiveness of your consultation is maximised.

I highlight what I think are the guiding principles for effective stakeholder consultation. You should use these elements when talking to government also. They are, of course, one of your key stakeholders.

Genuine consultation will follow these principles and will likely lead to better outcomes and greater acceptance within the community, particularly where there are stakeholders who may be adversely affected by your project.

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Stakeholder consultation principles
Stakeholder consultation principles

The art of trailcam deployment

Here are a few tips when deploying motion sensored wildlife cameras so that they're not as vulnerable to getting stolen.

Most ecologists or wildlife surveillance professionals probably already know all of this, but if you’re just starting out and are interested in knowing more, read on. Or, this might simply be a good reminder for you to keep your guard up and ensure you are thorough with keeping your cameras safe. I think we all need reminders every now and then.