Success at Victorian Mine Rescue Competition

17 October 2016

Northparkes success at Victorian Mine Rescue Competition

CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) recently sent a team to compete in the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition. This well-respected national competition has been held for 23 years, and attracts teams from mines across Australia.

At the 2016 event held from 14 – 16 October, the Northparkes team achieved first place in three events – fire, ropes and theory – and came second in first aid. The team was also ranked first for safety across the three days and Team captain Jamie Pope placed third for his leadership during the competition.

Northparkes Managing Director Stefanie Loader said “Our consistent success at this competition reflects the team’s hard work to stay at the leading edge of emergency response practices. We are enormously proud of our competition team, only three of whom had competed before.”

“Our congratulations go to the winning team from Evolution Mining. It’s great to see another company operating in NSW’s Central West bring home the trophy,” she said.

Northparkes has sent members of its Emergency Response Team to the competition over the last 20 years, and was named overall winner in 2009, 2014 and 2015. This year’s competition took place in the Bendigo region at Newmarket Gold’s Fosterville Gold Mine. Teams competed in a number of challenges demonstrating theoretical and practical mine rescue skills.

The 2016 Northparkes team comprised Jamie Pope (captain), Travis Beaton, Wayne Logan, Linda Snyman, Jack Medlyn, Mat Allan and Brooke Lees.

Northparkes Manager People, Safety and Environment Angus Wyllie said “Zero harm operations is our approach to all we do, and our ability to respond to emergency scenarios is a critical part of this. Competitions such as this allow us to practice our skills and benchmark ourselves against others in the industry. It’s great to know that our ERT is always ready to assist us and others in times of need. “

ENDS

Media enquiries:
Elysha Loiterton
Northparkes Mines Advisor Community and External Relations
02 6861 3621
elysha.loiterton@northparkes.com


CMOC Mining Services Pty Limited (ABN 32 165 717 895) as agent severally for and on behalf of the Northparkes Joint Venture, an unincorporated joint venture between CMOC Mining Pty Limited (ABN 17 164 997 317) (80%), Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania Pty Ltd (ABN 81 059 761 125) (13.3%) and SC Mineral Resources Pty Ltd (ABN 84 058 323 372) (6.7%) operating under the business name of Northparkes Mines