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Argyle Diamond Mine Closure

Restoring nature on Traditional Owner Land

  • East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia

    East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia

This closure reclaims the land in partnership with Traditional Owners

Located in the East Kimberly region of Western Australia, Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine was one of the largest diamond producers in the world and the world’s largest supplier of natural colored diamonds. The mine ceased operations in November 2020 and is now undergoing a comprehensive closure project to restore the natural ecosystem and return the land to the Traditional Owners: the Miriwoong, Gija, Malgnin, and Woolah people.

The regulatory framework to efficiently close a mine, return the land to natural state, and meet all environmental and Traditional Owner requirements is highly complex and we’re delighted to be part of the process.

Our team of environmental engineers is providing training and mentorship of Traditional Owner Rangers and working as an integrated team, we’re developing technical assessments and designs to meet regulatory requirements for post-closure outcomes—including restoring the natural ecosystem through site remediation, environmental monitoring, innovative approaches to pit-lake sampling, hazardous materials, and waste management.

At a Glance

  • Rio Tinto
Meet Our Team

David James, Environment and Geosciences Growth Leader

My focus is always on designing the best outcome for our environment and our clients.
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Laurren Duncan, Senior Environmental Scientist

I’m passionate about helping to restore landscapes and seeing the land bring value to communities beyond closure of the mine.
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Shaun Chambers, Environmental Engineer

The land is an important story place for Traditional Owners. Contributing to restoring it and supporting its cultural use is an honor.

Kieran Brocx, Environmental Scientist and RPAS Pilot

I enjoy working with a variety of stakeholders to provide science-driven solutions to complex projects.
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David James

Environment and Geosciences Growth Leader

Laurren Duncan

Senior Environmental Scientist

Shaun Chambers

Environmental Engineer

Kieran Brocx

Environmental Scientist and RPAS Pilot

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