Emeritus Professor Rae Mackay held the role of Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner from June 2017 to June 2020 before becoming the Chair of the MLRA Board. Rae has extensive mine rehabilitation related expertise, with more than 40 years’ experience as a practising engineer, hydrogeologist and academic.
He was the Director of the Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG) at Federation University, working on issues of geotechnical stability and risk at the Latrobe Valley brown coal mines from 2011 to 2017. During this time, he was also a member of Victoria’s Technical Review Board, which had oversight of stability issues across the state’s mines and quarries.
He was Head of Hydrogeology at Birmingham University, UK for 15 years before moving to Australia in 2011. He has worked on and researched a wide range of geotechnical, hydrogeological and water resources problems from deep geological disposal of nuclear waste to arid zone groundwater resource and agricultural development, spanning many countries around the world.