MINING COMPANY INFORMATION PROVISION FOR THE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY: WATER USAGE DISCLOSURES FOR THE MACQUARIE AND LACHLAN CATCHMENTS, AUSTRALIA

World Mining Congress
This paper reports on research examining disclosures from mining companies regarding their water usage in the Macquarie and Lachlan catchment areas, both parts of the Murray-Darling Basin in New South Wales, Australia. The objective of the research was to assess whether this disclosure is sufficient to allow communities to determine whether mining companies are complying with mining conditions of consent and abiding by the requirements of their water licencing agreements. These requirements are then compared to the water reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Water Accounting Framework for the Minerals Industry (WAFMI). Communities are concerned about whether the mining industry’s use of water will have impacts on their livelihoods and lifestyle and thus require information concerning the quantity of water that will be extracted, how much water will be left for other stakeholders and whether the mining will affect water quality. This is an archival study.
Keywords: Water; Waters; Reports; Information; Reporting; mining; sustainability; Requirements; Accounting;
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