Four Victorian Gold mines have signed a Mine Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement during the Annual Victorian
Underground Mine Rescue Competition held in Bendigo in August.
The mines reaching agreement were Northgate Mineral’s Fosterville and Stawell gold mines, Lihir Gold’s Ballarat gold mine and Bendigo Mining’s Bendigo gold mine.
The Agreement signifies a firm commitment by each of the four mines to provide other mine sites with assistance, should they require it, in the event of an emergency. The assistance may come in the form of mine rescue personnel or equipment required to support response efforts.
The Agreement provides a framework under which mutual aid would be provided, and includes important administrative aspects such as insurance cover, release of personnel and cost recovery.
Having such an agreement in place significantly strengthens each mine’s emergency response capability, and ensures that potentially problematic administrative matters associated with providing mutual aid do not unnecessarily complicate response efforts.
Mutual Aid Agreements are present in some parts of Western Australia, however, this is the first compact in Victoria.
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