Independent engagement with the Costerfield community regarding the antimony mine

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (VIC)

In 2015, as a result of hostility between stakeholders associated with mining at Costerfield, Minister D’Ambrosio, the Minister for Industry, and Minister for Energy and Resources, engaged RMCG to consult with the Costerfield community to seek a greater understanding of community concerns and advise on appropriate responses to those concerns.

RMCG consultants conducted an intensive and iterative consultation period with all community members, mine and government agency representatives to understand the breadth and depth of concerns. We analysed the results of consultation rigorously and prepared a report that presented an articulate snapshot of the situation and a series of recommendations to address concerns and prevent future issues. Almost all of the recommendations have been acted upon since the release of the report, and the relationships between the community, regulators and mine are considerably improved.


Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith


B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.