QLD mine safety board recruits Daunia, Aquila heads

Queensland has welcomed four senior miners to its Board of Examiners, with plans to use their 70-plus years of combined experience to set up and maintain safety roles at mines across the state.

Joining the board will be compliance supervisor of BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)’s Daunia open cut coal mine in the Bowen Basin, Angle Dow, who holds an open cut examiner certificate of competency.

The second new member is Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union safety and health representative Stephen Watts, who has a deputy certificate of competency.

Also joining the Board of Examiners is Leslie Marlborough, who is the underground manager of Anglo American’s Aquila Mine in the Bowen Basin and is qualified with first and second class mine managers certificates of competency.

The final new board member is fellow Bowen Basin miner, Glencore’s Oaky North senior executive Matthew Way, who holds first and second class mine manager and deputy certificates of competency.

In their role on the board, the four new members will determine qualifications and experience required for those in critical safety roles at mines, assess all applicants and issue certificates.

They will join eight current board members starting June 4, replacing outgoing members Brian White, Greg Dalliston and Scott Cochrane.

“The new members will bring a fresh and diverse mix of technical skills, insight and contemporary mining knowledge that will be critical in maintaining the high standard of the board’s work,” Queensland’s Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said.

“I’d like to thank the outgoing members for their efforts in helping to protect the safety of Queensland miners.”