Agenda timing is Australian Central Standard Time – ACST

8:45

OFFICIAL OPENING | NT Resources Week

8:50

Welcome to Country

8:55

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Saul Kavonic, Head of Oil, Gas and Energy for Australia, Credit Suisse

9:00

NORTHERN TERRITORY CHIEF MINISTER’S ADDRESS

Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK & THE ENERGY TRANSITION

9:15

Australian Economic Update – Bouncing Back from COVID-19

Justin Smirk, Director – Senior Economist, Westpac Institutional Bank

9:35

Growing the NT Economy – What Needs to be Done?

Andy Cowan, Interim Territory Investment Commissioner & Deputy Chief Executive, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government
Jason Schoolmeester, Major Projects Commissioner, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government

10:00

PANEL DISCUSSION | The Energy Transition, Electrification, Decarbonisation and the Future for the Resources Industry

Laura Hillis, Director, Climate Action 100+, Investor Group on Climate Change
Saul Kavonic, Head of Oil, Gas and Energy for Australia, Credit Suisse

This concludes our Day 1 joint Plenary session. I welcome you to attend our concurrent sessions starting after the refreshment break:

  • SEAAOC
  • Mining the Territory
  • Environmental Management & Logistics Forum

10:35

Networking and refreshment break

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & LOGISTICS MAIN SESSION COMMENCES

11:05

Welcome remarks from the Chair

Ray Hall, Managing Director, EcOz Environmental Consultants

11:15

Environmental regulation– regulating what matters in the emerging NT onshore petroleum industry

  • Meet the regulator
  • What does an effective regulator look like?
  • Update status of regulatory performance
  • Lessons learnt – Environment Management Plans
  • What’s next – preparing for production

Sally-anne Strohmayr, Director Petroleum Operations – Environment Division, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security Northern Territory Government

11:40

Emissions reduction planning for the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct

  • Early measures to address sustainability and environmental impacts in a strategic
  • Agile and flexible planning to allow acceptable manufacturing and industrial ecologies to develop at Middle Arm.
  • Focus on introducing CCUS, Hydrogen, innovative technologies and renewable energy
  • Identification of opportunities to minimise, recycle and re-use waste

Dr Howard Smith, Director Middle Arm and Gas Manufacturing, Gas Taskforce Unit, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government

12:05

Background and update on the Beetaloo SREBA

  • Background and update on the Beetaloo SREBA
  • SREBA Background
  • Consultation process
  • Outline of SREBA Framework
  • 6 study domains and progress update

Dr Alaric Fisher, Executive Director, Flora and Fauna Division, Northern Territory Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS)

12:30

The application of drones in mine site rehabilitation

  • Drones are increasingly being used across different aspects of mine site rehabilitation due to be more cost efficient, effective and safer than traditional methods of survey and assessment.
  • Aspects of mine rehabilitation that drones are used in include: survey of as-built landforms, ecosystem assessment for the development of closure criteria, monitoring of rehabilitation activities including revegetation and final assessment of closure criteria at-scale.
  • An overview of the use of drones by the SSB at mine sites in the Alligator Rivers Region, with a particular focus on Ranger uranium mine.
  • The integration of supporting technologies such as artificial intelligence and deep learning will be highlighted.

Dr Renée Bartolo, Team Leader – Ecosystem Restoration and Landform Group, Chief Remote Pilot, Department of the Environment and Energy – Supervising Scientist Branch

12:50

Lunch and networking break

1:50

Challenges of Mine Water Discharge into a Tropical Ecosystem and how to Manage Potential Environmental Impacts

  • Issues: Discharging into ephemeral systems -wet/dry seasonal influences
  • Active discharge – Passive discharge
  • Legacy sites
  • In-situ water treatment
  • Management: Streamline Waste Discharge Licence requirements
  • Reclassifying non-conformance to meet Australian Water Quality Guidelines
  • Manage active discharge at discharge point or compliance point?
  • Weight of evidence approach- multiple lines of evidence

Dr Jill Woodworth, Technical Director, (Eco)Toxicology & Risk Assessment, SLR Consulting

2:15

Developing a system model of total ecosystem approach to rehabilitate key domains of gold mines for Environmental Sustainability

  • Acid Metalliferous Drainage Mitigation Strategy-The Wet Cap
  • Water Balance Modelling for Mine Closure Planning
  • Early Development of Acidic Waste Rock Dump in-situ Treatment Technology
  • Soil Erosion and Sediment Control for Final Landform and Capping Design

Sam Yang, Lead Environmental Engineer, Kirkland Lake Gold

2:40

The Nolans Project – Understanding and Meeting Stakeholder Expectations

  • Project and development updates for the Nolans Nd/Pr Project
  • Community & Stakeholder engagement and local content and opportunities
  • Indigenous landholder engagement getting positive outcomes
  • ESG – the new norm

Brian Fowler, General Manager NT & Sustainability, Arafura Resources

3:05

Enabling the Middle Arm precinct – Strategic environmental assessment and approval

  • The Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct (the Precinct) is currently home to two significant gas processing facilities. To facilitate development of future industries at Middle Arm, the NT Government is progressing the preparation of a precinct plan and infrastructure strategy.
  • A key enabling factor is the extent to which land is ‘development ready’ i.e. having major environmental approvals secured up-front to provide proponents with greater certainty, reduced risk and streamlined timeframes associated with environmental planning, assessment and approvals.
  • The NT Government is committed to undertaking a strategic environmental assessment of the Middle Arm precinct plan, the first of its kind under the new NT Environment Protection Act 2020 Act.
  • This presentation discusses the approval process in the context of this project, and the challenges and opportunities that strategic assessment may offer.

Nicole Conroy, Senior Environmental Officer, Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct, Land Development, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Government

3:30

Networking and refreshment break in the exhibition

4:00

Sacred Site Protection: what proponents need to know about Authority Certificate processes

Dr Sophie Creighton, Director Research and Land Information, Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority
Dr Mandy Trueman, Assessment and Regulation Officer – Hydraulic Fracturing, Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority

4:25

Reducing conflict with early and meaningful engagement

  • Expectations of early and meaningful engagement under Environment Protection Act (NT) 2019
  • Recognising Aboriginal people as stewards of their country and the importance of free, prior and informed consent
  • The business case for ‘people due diligence’, to reduce conflict, de-risk projects and streamline approvals
  • Why ‘facts and education’ don’t earn a social license to operate
  • Overcoming fear of the ‘C’ word: community insights and local knowledge add value to your project

Dr Jane Munday, Senior Advisor, True North Strategic Communication

4:50

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00

Networking Drinks in the exhibition halls

6:30

NT RESOURCES WEEK GALA DINNER

Mindil Beach Casino & Resort

8:45

OPENING

8:50

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | Northern Territory Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy

Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for Renewables and Energy, Northern Territory Government of Australia

9:05

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:15

Setting the conditions for investment – Regulatory reform for sustainable growth in the Territory

Shaun Drabsch, Chief Executive Officer, Department of Industry, Tourism & Trade, Northern Territory Government

9:35

FEDERAL MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

Hon Keith Pitt MP, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

9:45

CLOSE OF PLENARY

This concludes our joint Plenary session. Concurrent sessions starting in 5 Minutes.

  • SEAAOC
  • Mining the Territory
  • Environmental Management & Logistics Forum

9:50

Welcome remarks from the Chair

Sally-anne Strohmayr, Director Petroleum Operations – Environment Division, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security Northern Territory Government

9:55

Petroleum, mining and water

  • Petroleum & Water: Implementing the HFI recommendations
  • Mining & Water: Progress so far, challenges, and future opportunities
  • Reforming the Water Act

Amy Dysart, Executive Director of Water Resources for the Northern Territory, Northern Territory Government

10:15

Groote Eylandt mine

Mark Filtness, Vice-President Operations, GEMCO
Mark Hewitt, CEO, Anindilyakwa Land Council
Tony Wurramarrba, Chair, Anindilyakwa Land Council

10:35

GBA: Assessing potential environmental impacts of shale gas development in the Beetaloo Region

  • The $35.4 million Geological and Bioregional Assessment (GBA) Program assessed the potential environmental impacts of unconventional gas resource development in a number of regions, including the Beetaloo region in the NT.
  • This presentation will outline the innovative approach used by the GBA program to assess potential environmental
  • The overall results of the GBA program will be presented, and implications of the results

Dr Cameron Huddlestone-Holmes, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

10:55

Networking and refreshment break in the exhibition

11:25

The fate of hydraulic fracturing chemicals

Nai Tran-Dinh, Senior Experimental Scientist, CSIRO

11:50

Development of NT gas projects in a lower carbon future

  • Net zero – the 2050 challenge
  • Natural gas, a key part of a cleaner energy future
  • The role of technology

Cassandra Schmidt, Director Northern Territory, APPEA

12:15

PANEL DISCUSSION | Mine site rehabilitation & remediation planning

Jeff Richardson, President, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Sam Yang, Lead Environmental Engineer, Kirkland Lake Gold
Christopher Brady, Ranger Mine Closure Officer, Northern Land Council
Facilitator: Dr Jill Woodworth, Technical Director, (Eco)Toxicology & Risk Assessment, SLR Consulting

1:00

Networking and Lunch break

2:00

Afternoon Chair

Jeff Richardson, President, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

2:05

The Gulkula Story – Marrying Environmental Management with Indigenous Values

  • Planning for closure and relinquishment through the life of mine
  • Incorporating Traditional Owner objectives in mine rehabilitation
  • Indigenous capacity building through environmental management
  • Indigenous community development initiatives

Tracy Menon, Environmental Advisor, Gulkula Mining Company

2:30

Water Management and Environmental Challenges in Closure Implementation

  • Managing changes to hydrological and hydrogeological conditions
  • Rationalising environmental monitoring programmes
  • Refocussing and management of internal environmental impacts

Andrew Nelson, Superintendent Water & Environment, Energy Resources of Australia Ltd

2:55

Resource recovery strategies in the Northern Territory

  • Establishing meaningful recycling best practice initiatives for regional and Remote industries and communities in the NT

Aiden Anderson-Barr, Director, ARK Recycling

3:15

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair & End of Conference

4:30–7:30

NT RESOURCES WEEK SUNSET HARBOUR CRUISE

Departing from Stokes Hill Wharf

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