After winning the EK Healy Cup (Queensland State title) in July this year, the mine rescue team competed at the national finals against seven intra and interstate competitors. Staged at part of the Appin Colliery, near Wollongong, the competition involved a series of events including first aid, fire fighting, theory and underground practical exercises.
North Goonyella general mine manager, Tim Jackson, said winning the competition was a proud moment for members of the rescue team who volunteered their time for the competition, and for their colleagues at North Goonyella.
“Safety is our number one priority. Our team’s champion effort is a credit to their dedication, professionalism and total commitment to safe mining practices and rescue operations. The team trained tirelessly in the lead up to the finals and we are excited that their specialist safety and rescue skills and teamwork has been recognised on the national stage,“ Jackson said.
“It was one of the best performances by a rescue team to date and Geoff Nugent ‘s leadership as the Captain of the team was outstanding. The team’s success is testament to the commitment to safe working practices right across our site. We have had no lost time injuries for more than three months and safety remains a priority for our operation.”
North Goonyella Mine Rescue Team Captain, Geoff Nugent, was thrilled about securing the national title.
“It is an unbelievable feeling to know that our mines rescue skills and performance were judged to be the best in the country on the day,” Nugent said.
“RAG Australia Coal has been very supportive of the team and we look forward to defending the title in 2004.”
The winning team comprises North Goonyella Coal mine deputies and miners. As well as the Captain, Geoff Nugent, team members were Peter Purdie (Vice-Captain), James Ticehurst, Andy Neville, Steve Kell, Kim Taiepa, Mark D’Elboux and David Brown (Trainer).
North Goonyella Coal mine is 200 kilometres west of Mackay in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. In February this year RAG Australia Coal assumed day-to-day operational control and 100% ownership (previously 60%) of the mine.