BEHIND THE NAMEMINESOILS
Sustainability, at the centre
The term ‘Minesoils’ refers to any soil material, which has undergone anthropogenic (or human) influence, through some type of mining process or disturbance. Once a soil is disturbed by mining, stripped, handled, stockpiled and replaced, it is no longer categorised as it was in situ form. It is now considered a Minesoil or an Anthroposol, meaning it has been altered in some way by humans, from its original ‘undisturbed’ state.
All land rehabilitation is based around creating a minesoil, which is stable, resilient to erosion and capable of sustaining vegetation suitable to a targeted post mining land use.
+ with our Clients through genuine curiosity and understanding of their values and their needs
+ with our own passions and skills in Environmental Management
+ by demonstrating our pragmatic approach and positive attitude in all our business relationships
+ by applying our technical expertise and creative minds in all projects
MINESOILS Principal Consultant / DirectorClayton Richards
Passionate about soil management
B.Nat Res, Grad Dip Ed, Cert IV Trainer, CPSS
The majority of Clayton’s 20 year professional career has been spent as an Environmental Consultant within the NSW and QLD resources sector, focussing on soil survey and land capability assessments, mine rehabilitation, agricultural impact statements, site rehabilitation auditing, erosion and sediment control, mine closure strategies and mine planning approvals. Clayton is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS – 2).
Professionally, I simply love what I do.
I’m passionate about soils and their management. More specifically, how we can best assess, manage and rehabilitate soil profiles within sensitive natural resource projects to effectively reinstate valuable agricultural land post mining.
My drive is so future generations can benefit from well managed mining projects and their effective rehabilitation to sustainable agricultural use. Working in this field is something I am extremely proud to be a part of.
Clayton considers himself a conduit between the soil and rehabilitation researchers, government regulators, clients and the practical ‘on ground’ application of new techniques and rehabilitation methods which are applied in real life scenarios.