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Hunter Region Branch Newsletter Oct/Nov 2019

Read the 5th Edition of the Hunter Region Branch Newsletter.

Welcome Message from the Chair


Each year the Hunter Region Branch gets together for a full day of planning, to reflect on the year gone and plan the year ahead.  It’s a chance to look at what we’ve achieved over the year, what went well, things we could improve and how we can provide ever better events for our membership.

Highlights from 2019 included the Presidents Function where we were very fortunate to have Janine Herzig, President of the AusIMM and Chair of the Board join us for a tour of Hunter Valley Operations, Port Waratah Coal Services and then speak at the cocktail function held at Fort Scratchley.  With over 60 people in attendance it was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends.

The Jameson Lecture attracted an equally strong crowd, all keen to hear Dr Paul Breuer describe the advances in gold recovery resulting in better environmental and capital intensity outcomes.  We also partnered up with WIMNet for a special event with Mates in Mining – you can read more about that later in the newsletter.

Our JORC seminar produced the lively debate amongst JORC practitioners that is an essential part of advancing our knowledge of applying the code.  All up, we have held 8 events through 2019 and it’s not over yet.  Coming up in November we’ll have a technical talk on drones, including a live remote demonstration.

Next year we have another strong line up of talks, trips and seminars.  The Coal Sampling Seminar returns in April 2020.  Last held in 2018, this one of a kind forum brings together experts and practitioners in coal sampling from borehole to boat.  We also have a range of technical talks planned covering everything from new mine developments to community issues relevant to the Hunter.  Events are also planned for Gunnedah, Armidale and Mudgee – we haven’t forgotten you!  We hold an event each month, so make sure you look out for our newsletters and e-mail notifications of upcoming events throughout the year.

Finally I want to thank the Committee for all of their hard work once again this year.  The Committee is entirely voluntary and members give up their evenings and weekends to organise Branch activities throughout the year.  A special thanks to Rob McLaughlin who produces this newsletter each quarter.  It’s a wonderful resource for our members, with one member saying “the Hunter Region Branch newsletter is the highlight of communication I receive from the AusIMM”.

My very best wishes to you all and my thanks for supporting us again this year.  Without members turning up to our functions, we wouldn’t have a Branch.  Have a merry, safe and relaxing holiday season.

Nicole Brook, Chair AusIMM Hunter Region Branch

Upcoming Events – Hunter Region 2019


Various events are coming up, including:

WIMnet NSW – North West – Christmas Networking Function
Thursday 14 November 2019 – Gunnedah – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

November – Practical demonstration of drone technology in open cut mining – Details TBA

New Members

Congratulations and welcome to the following new members to Hunter Region Branch. We hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Andrew Green – Member

Samantha Parkinson – Student

Steven Spalding – Student

Goetz Bickert – Fellow (Grade Transfer)

WIMnet NSW – North West – Christmas Networking Event


Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club, 313 Conadilly Street,

Gunnedah NSW 2380

Includes: Canapes and a drink on arrival

Cost: Free to Attend


Registrations are essential

Registrations close on Friday 8th November.


The AusIMM Women in Mining Network NSW would like to invite you to join us for our Christmas networking event in the Northwest Region.

We welcome all those within the Gunnedah, Narrabri, Boggabri, Tamworth and Werris Creek areas to join us for a casual meet and greet over nibbles and drinks with others from the resources industry. There will be lucky door prizes and a Christmas raffle drawn at approximately 7pm.

We welcome all participants of the mining industry community (male and female) to attend this event.

Committee Planning Day


Your committee gathered in Newcastle for a successful planning day, to develop a program of events for Hunter Region Branch in 2020. A review of the 2019 events for the Branch including the Student Chapter was carried out before tackling next year’s program and budget.

As well as the regular events and technical sessions, the program for next year will include a JORC Coal seminar and a Coal Sampling Seminar, which have both proved very popular in the past.

Mates in Mining Event


A successful joint event with WIMnet was held at Customs House in Newcastle on Thursday 26 September with about 20 people attending. The event addressed the important issues of mental health and suicide prevention in our mining community.

The guest speaker was Kieran Toohey from Mates in Mining. Kieran outlined the current situation with suicides in Australia and his own issues when returning to civilian life after military service.

In Australia we still have at least 6 males and 2 females commit suicide every day. The rate of male suicide is double the Australian road toll. In the construction industry there are 10 times as many deaths from suicide as for workplace accidents.

We commend the programs of Mates in Mining to you all.

Our thanks go to Kieran for his time and excellent presentation. Thanks to our committee member Steve Adamthwaite and to WIMnet for running this joint event. Also thanks to event sponsors Mac Energy and Whitakers, who covered the cost of the event, which allowed the subscriptions collected to become an $1100 donation to Mates in Mining.

Student Chapter

A successful Trivia Night was held with 30 people attending.

The Student Chapter sent five representatives to the New Leaders Conference and Mining Games in Perth. Participants have described what a fantastic experience that was in terms of personal development, industry knowledge and networking.

A handover has been made to the new committee for the next year, and some members attended the planning day in Newcastle for the Branch 2020 program.

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