The Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority welcomes new CEO

David Salmon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority.

The Authority is an independent body working with community, industry and government to oversee the rehabilitation of declared mine land to ensure transition to safe, stable and sustainable post-mining landforms in Victoria.

“The MLRA Board is delighted that David has accepted the role of CEO of the Authority. He brings a wealth of experience and will lead the Authority’s development. David will provide assurance to all stakeholders and community of the Authority’s commitment to rehabilitation outcomes for the Latrobe Valley mines,” said Emeritus Professor Rae Mackay, Chair, MLRA Board. 

David has 38 years’ experience in mine environmental management, and mine rehabilitation and closure. He worked for mining multinational Anglo American in South Africa for 26 years before moving to Australia, in 2008, to join global consultancy Golder Associates in their Brisbane office.

Prior to joining the MLRA, David was Director of Amanzi Consulting, a consultancy he founded in 2015 to service the mining sector in specialist areas of water, environmental, rehabilitation, and closure management. He produced the ACARP Guideline for coal mine open pit void closure and relinquishment, a project supported by six major coal mining companies. David has also published papers and given presentations at local and international conferences about mine water and mine closure.  

For the past 25 years he has held senior management roles including Manager Anglo Coal Environmental Services, Global Leader Water for Anglo American and Environmental Group Leader, Principal Consultant, and Australian Mine Closure Lead for Golder Associates. Under his leadership the Golder Environmental Group undertook mining, infrastructure, property development, mine water, waste management, geochemical, government guidelines, community engagement, and ecological projects in Australia and overseas. 

David holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Geology from the Universities of Southampton and London, University College.

As the new CEO of the MLRA, David’s unique combination of skills and knowledge in the water management of mine pit voids and coal mine closure are invaluable assets in tackling the issues and challenges of mine rehabilitation and achieving the goals of the MLRA. “It is a great privilege for me to join the MLRA and be involved in this novel and exciting initiative. I look forward to working with the experienced MLRA team, the MLRA Board, and all stakeholders, and continuing the initiatives commenced by the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner, to achieve the best mine rehabilitation outcomes for the Latrobe Valley,” said David.

For more information, please contact Professor Mackay at or on mobile 0407912230.

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