2022 Health, Safety, Environment & Community Conference and Awards

For the first time in three years, 500 miners from across NSW will attend the 2022 NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference (HSEC) in the Hunter region today.

This is one of the NSW mining industry’s most important events, and will have special significance this year as the first time since 2019 that members and supply businesses from our world-class mining industry have been able to meet after several years of COVID-related postponements.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘HSEC360: Reconnected’ and will feature a range of speakers from industry and government focusing on breakthroughs in workplace health and safety, community relations, and environmental management. Award winners will also be named in four categories, recognising excellence and innovation across the sector.

“After several postponements over the last few years due to COVID, it’s fantastic to once again be able to welcome 500 miners from across NSW to our flagship event,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said today.  

“This important event brings us together from across NSW to discuss our challenges, identify opportunities, celebrate excellence, and focus on how we can continue to improve in the future,” he said.

A highlight of the Conference will be our NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment & Community Awards, showcasing the best innovations from across the industry in NSW.

Each of the nine finalists have been chosen for their breakthroughs and achievement in ‘workers health’, ‘mine safety’, ‘environmental sustainability’ and ‘community engagement’.

“As always, our award entrants are of a very high standard, demonstrating our industry’s commitment to improving our workplace and environmental practices, and our engagement with local mining communities,” Mr Galilee said.

The nine finalists are:

Health Excellence:

The Bloomfield Group – Putting mental health on top of the agenda.

Hunter Valley Operations – Electrical cabinet dust extraction system improvement

Safety Excellence

Glencore, Bulga Opencut – Drill windrow detection system

Newcrest, Cadia Valley Operations – 793C Automated Handrail System

Glencore, Ulan Underground – Dust extraction system aka Mr Snuffleupagus

Community Excellence

Yancoal Australia, Stratford Coal – Education Support Fund

Evolution Mining  – Revival of West Wyalong Advocate Newspaper

Environmental Excellence

Yancoal Australia, Mount Thorley Warkworth – Developing an effective noisy miner management program to benefit critically endangered regent honeyeaters

Glencore, Mangoola Opencut – Boosting biodiversity – integrating targeted flora translocations in mine rehabilitation

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