MRF Advisory Panel

A Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel (MRAP) has been established under the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012. This statutory panel meets quarterly to discuss and provide independent expert advice to the Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) on Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) matters. The current Panel was appointed for a three year term from August 2022, this marked the commencement of the Panel's fourth term. The inaugural Panel was appointed in December 2013.

Panel members

Renee Young - Chairperson

Renee Young has specialised knowledge in mine site ecological restoration with over 15 years’ experience across academia and industry. Renee is the lead and primary author on the forthcoming SER ‘International Principles and Standards for the Ecological Restoration and Recovery of Mine Sites' and was also primary author on ‘A framework for developing mine-site completion criteria in Western Australia’.

Angela Bishop - Deputy Chairperson

Angela Bishop has over 20 years’ experience working for government and industry in an operational and corporate capacity in the areas of environmental management and regulatory compliance, environmental approvals, rehabilitation, closure and relinquishment.

Vern Newton

Vern Newton’s expertise includes working for several construction material and mining companies in senior roles in areas that include operations, logistics, budgeting, strategic planning and marketing. Vern has also been involved in driving sustainable policies and has engaged with research institutes to help achieve partnerships between industry and science so that a higher standard of restoration is achieved on the ground, receiving environmental awards including two Golden Geckos. 

Naomi Hutchings

Naomi Hutchings’ is a senior private practice lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in environment planning, land access, native title and heritage law. She has worked as an in-house lawyer for mining companies and in strategic environmental policy development for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Naomi holds a Masters in Law (Environmental) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She has experience with mine closure, contamination and pollution issues across various States in Australia as well as internationally, in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Helen Chernoff

Helen Chernoff is an environmental scientist with a geology qualification and 20 years’ experience in the resources sector.  Helen has worked throughout Western Australia and her experience includes executing environmental regulatory requirements at all phases of mining projects. Helen also has experience in implementing environmental management systems, risk analysis, with a particular interest in innovation and emerging technologies in the industry.

Contact

Phone: +61 8 9222 3162
Email: mrfenquiry@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel Meeting Communiques

16 June 2022 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 154 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 16 June 2022

23 March 2022 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 109 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 23 March 2022

24 November 2021 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 254 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 24 November 2021

19 May 2021 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 249 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 19 May 2021

18 November 2020 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 208 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 18 November 2020

24 June 2020 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 215 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 24 June 2020

25 September 2019 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 322 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 25 September 2019

26 June 2019 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 521 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 26 June 2019.

20 March 2019 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 213 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 20 March 2019

12 December 2018 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 213 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 12 December 2018

8 October 2018 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 215 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 8 October 2018

8 June 2017 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 77 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 8 June 2017.

13 September 2017 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 197 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 13 September 2017.

18 July 2018 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 211 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 18 July 2018

20 June 2018 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 210 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 20 June 2018

12 March 2018 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 211 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 21 March 2018

6 December 2017 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 212 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 6 December 2017

17 March 2017 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 53 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 17 March 2017

13 December 2016 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 145 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 13 December 2016

17 October 2016 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel's Communique - 140 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 17 October 2016

29 April 2016 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 141 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 29 April 2016

18 November 2015 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 140 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 18 November 2015.

23 July 2015 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 148 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 23 July 2015.

19 March 2015 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 156 Kb

A summary of MRAP meeting of 19 March 2015.

30 November & 15 December 2015 - Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel’s Communique - 151 Kb

A summary of MRAP extraordinary meetings of 30 November and 15 December 2015.