Mines Rescue will soon maintain a permanent mines rescue presence in the Mudgee-Ulan region with the establishment of the Ulan Mines Rescue Satellite Station. Mines Rescue has been working closely with Yancoal’s Moolarben Coal mine to provide a high quality, cost effective solution located in the heart of the mining district. The administration area off Wollar Road, recently used to develop the Moolarben Open Cut 4 mine extension project, will be converted to a rescue and training station. Mines Rescue formally took possession of the site on 1 July 2016.
The development follows consultation amongst mining companies and other stakeholders in the region over the last twelve months regarding options to improve Mines Rescue emergency response to the surface and underground mines in the area.
‘There has been increasing demand from employers in the region for improved services to their sites. We have been meeting with industry to provide a more flexible solution that works for everyone,’ said Matt Fellowes, General Manager Mines Rescue and Regulation and Compliance.
Mines Rescue has been conducting various training courses for both underground and open cut mines in the area for a number of years either out of the Lithgow station or onsite, but distance has remained a challenge in terms of emergency response.
‘There is a real focus to increase emergency response capability in the area whilst keeping the financial implications to a minimum,’ he continued. ‘With Moolarben’s considerable generosity, we have been able to realise a solution without the need to levy the industry for its establishment.’
The majority of training for brigadesmen and other safety training courses will take place at the Ulan Mines Rescue Satellite Station or at mine sites around the region. Two full-time Mines Rescue training coordinators are already located at the station and benefits are already being realised.