Linking Mining and Agriculture - The Western Australian Experience
This field trip to the Alcoa Farmlands, co sponsored by the Western Australian Beef Council, will provide an opportunity to see and discuss innovative agricultural land use associated with mining and refining operations. Alcoa of Australia is best known as a large integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminum smelting, rolling and recycling company with operations in Victoria, NSW and WA. But it also owns, manages, mines and farms the largest number of hectares in the SW region of WA and manages the largest beef cattle breeding herd there.
9.00am Buses depart from hotels to Alcoa Farmlands, Pinjarra
10.30am Morning tea in a post-mine restored forest (weather permitting) followed by a farm tour
11.30am “Hay-Bale” Discussion:
Executives from major mining companies involved in agricultural enterprises discuss their efforts to enable agriculture in conjunction with mining operations, and the challenges and opportunities for both mining and agriculture industries and the communities in which they are located.