Northgate Stawell Gold Mine Emergency Rescue Team wins Annual Underground Mine Rescue Competition

Victoria’s Northgate Stawell Gold Mine Emergency Rescue Team has narrowly defeated seven other teams from across the country to win the prestigious Annual Victorian Underground Mine Rescue Competition, proudly sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria.

Stawell finished in the top three in five of the seven competition exercises, demonstrating consistently high emergency response skills. Second place was the Cadia Valley Operations Emergency Response Team (NSW) and in third place was MMG Rosebery Emergency Response Team (Tasmania).

The participating teams competed in exercises in Bendigo last weekend (August 6-8) testing emergency response theory, rescue skills, first aid, breathing apparatus, fire fighting, search and rescue and rope rescue capabilities. Exercises were adjudicated by industry and emergency response professionals in realistic potential emergency situations.

MCA Assistant Director for Safety and Health, Ms Megan Davison said…

The Underground Mine Rescue Competition provides practical training experience to members of mining operations, encouraging them to apply teamwork to build skills that are vital to these specialised emergency rescue teams.

Every year this highly regarded national competition is oversubscribed with teams being placed on a waiting list in the event that another team has to pull out. The competition is designed to improve the safety and health of all people involved in the mining industry and to provide realistic and practical training to the mine site rescue teams.

The competition fosters strong team spirit, competitiveness and goodwill among the rescue teams as seen with 300 people attending the presentations on Sunday night. I congratulate all team members for their spirit of competitive goodwill and their commitment to emergency response.

This competition is an important part of the MCA’s health and safety strategy. Our goal of zero fatalities and injuries remains the minerals industry’s number one value and commitment.

In presenting the overall winner’s prize, Mr Tim Gosling, representing the competition Major Sponsor – WorkSafe Victoria, said…

The emergency response volunteers should be very proud of their commitment to safety in the workplace and the leadership that they provide.

While we hope they never need to use the skills they practised over the weekend, we take comfort from the knowledge they are there to respond

The teams that competed in the 18th Annual Victorian Underground Mine Rescue Competition were:
Bendigo Mining/Oscar1 Combined Mine Rescue Team
Cadia Valley Operations Emergency Response Team
CMPL-CSA Cobar Mine Rescue Team
Fosterville Gold Mine Emergency Response Team Northparkes Emergency Response Team
Rosebery Emergency Response Team Savannah Nickel Mine Emergency Response Team
Stawell Gold Mines Emergency Response Team

The Minerals Council of Australia congratulates all the competitors in this year’s competition and acknowledges the very strong support from the sponsors and volunteers from across the industry.


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