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Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore

Mining Health And Safety Committee Expanded

Victor P Taffa

  • Restructure strengthens capacity of mining safety advisory committee
  • Move in response to Bob Hirte Review
  • Mining Industry Advisory Committee expanded to 11 members 

The State Government has expanded a key advisory group for Western Australia’s mining industry to include greater representation from the sector.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) was originally represented by seven members but had since appointed four new experts.

“The restructure means MIAC will now have greater representation from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy; Association of Mining and Exploration Companies; and Unions WA, as well as four independent health and safety specialists.” Mr. Moore said.

“Given the WA mining industry generated $83 Billion in sales during 2011 and currently employs around 90,000 people, this committee’s work is crucial.”

The newly appointed expert members are Robert Allan, Christopher Davis, Peta Libby and Robert Mincham.

Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources Safety executive director Simon Ridge will replace his predecessor Malcolm Russell as committee chairperson.

The move was prompted by the Bob Hirte Review in late 2011, which recommended the committee increase industry consultation.

The Minister said health and safety in WA’s mining sector continued to be the State Government’s main priority.

“MIAC has an important role to advise the State Government on matters relating to occupational safety and health in the mining industry, so the more experts we have in one room, the better.” Mr. Moore said.

The committee provides advice on health and safety laws to the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, the Minister for Commerce and the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health. It also looks at various guidelines to ensure the industry’s real needs are being met.

Fact File

  • MIAC members are appointed for a three-year period and the committee meets bi-monthly
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