2018 AusIMM Illawarra Branch Presidential Dinner

  • By Ray Tolhurst

In recognition of AusIMM’s 125th anniversary, the University of Wollongong presented AusIMM President Colin Moorhead with a plaque to acknowledge the ongoing close connection and collaboration between the University and AusIMM.

It was AusIMM and the associated local industries that lobbied, provided the submissions and most of the resources for the establishment of the Wollongong University College, as part of the then NSW University of Technology, (now the University of NSW).

Professor Valerie Linton, Executive Dean, faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, presenting the plaque to AusIMM President Colin Moorhead.

This close relationship has been maintained throughout the growth of the University of Wollongong, with regular Illawarra Branch meetings, workshops and conferences held at the university and the Wollongong AusIMM Student Chapter becoming the most diverse and largest of all of AusIMM’s Student Chapters.

During the evening, students provided a talk on their recent field visits to Hunter Valley open cut coal mines, western NSW (Lake Cowal, North Parkes, Tritton, Cobar CSA and Cadia), the west coast of Tasmania (Railton, Renison, Zeehan Museum, Rosebery, Savage River, Port Latta and Beaconsfield Museum), Melbourne/Bendigo, (Keech Castings, Hoffmans, Monash University, LMATS, AMCOR, Viridian Glass and Laverton Steel), and the exchange visit and attendance at the Summer Technology Conference of the Chinese University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), Jiangsu.

Students who had completed the Underground Coal Induction course, which is compulsory to work in an underground coal mine in NSW or QLD, were also presented with their certificates by Keith Murray, the trainer/assessor from Bannister Technical. The seven nationally-recognised mining competencies completed (including responding to local emergencies and incidents, conducting local risk control, communicating in the workplace, complying with site work processes/procedures, working safely and following WHS policies and procedures, applying initial response first aid, and escaping from hazardous situations unaided) are not only applicable to the coal industry but also relate closely to the values of many companies throughout the mineral industries.

Michelle Klohs from the NSW Industry Training Programs Unit was thanked for providing the resources that enabled our students to do this course at no cost.

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