First female mine safety commissioner appointed in QLD

Kate du Preez has been appointed as the new commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, becoming the first woman to hold the position Queensland.

From South Africa, du Preez and is the first woman to take up the role since it was created in 2009.

The position involves monitoring and reporting on the administration of mine safety and health legislation; ensuring the Mines Inspectorate performs as an independent regulator; advocating safety on behalf of all QLD mine workers; and reporting all mine safety and health issues directly to the minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Anthony Lynham.

Lynham, who made the announcement, said du Preez brings more than 16 years of operational mining experience from South Africa to her new role in QLD.

“She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and was identified as the best person for the job following a global recruitment process and consultation with industry and union representatives,” he said.

“Mrs du Preez’s experience and expertise is welcome as government works with unions and industry to implement its five-point action plan to tackle the re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.”

This comes after the appointment of the first two women, Julie Devine and Bryony Andrew, to QLD’s mine safety body, the Board of Examiners.

She will commence work next week.

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