Western Australia’s first aboriginal mines inspector appointed
Four new mines inspectors have been officially sworn in by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion, including the state’s first Aboriginal Special Inspector of Mines.
“Their skills, knowledge and commitment to safety are unquestionable, and they will be a vital addition to Western Australia’s mine safety inspectorate,” Mr Marmion said.
Clinton Woosnam, Warren Mitchell, Gary Clinch and Bradford Sheldrick completed six months of rigorous training and testing to qualify, and all have extensive experience across the WA resources sector.
“Between them, these four new inspectors have spent more than 90 years working in the mining industry,” Mr Marmion said.
“Not only do they have a comprehensive understanding of day-to-day operations, they also have a passion for safety.
“As inspectors they have an opportunity to use their skills and experience to make a difference to safety across Western Australia’s mining industry.”
Mr Marmion said he was particularly pleased the State’s first Aboriginal Special Inspector of Mines, Clinton Woosnam, had been appointed.
“I hope his success encourages more Aboriginal people into the industry and the Department of Mines and Petroleum,” he said.
“Clinton Woosnam has a family history of mining and I am delighted he has managed to realise one of his long-held ambitions.
“The dedication and professionalism of all our new inspectors will further strengthen WA’s safety culture and the mine safety inspectorate.”