WA Mining Club’s annual St Barbara’s Day Luncheon will be held on Friday, 4 December to celebrate the Feast of St Barbara – the Patron Saint of Artillery Personnel and Miners.
WA Mining Club President, Nat Taylor, said the event is an apt occasion for reflection.
“The lunch is an important day for Club members and their guests to pause and appreciate the people dedicated to the mining industry, and to celebrate the rich endowment of mineral wealth that underpins much of our economy and provides hope for the future,” Ms Taylor said.
“It is also an important day for industry to reflect on safety practices in mining and remember those who have been lost in our industry throughout the year.”
According to the WorkSafe WA website the mining industry still has one of the highest rates of fatalities of any industry, with five people losing their lives this year in a mining related accident (as of 9 November 2020).
Ms Taylor said St Barbara’s Day provided an opportunity for remembrance and to do better.
“While the mining industry has made significant improvements in health and safety over the last decade, there are still, sadly, people that lose their lives each year while working on mine sites across Australia,” Ms Taylor said.
“Events such as St Barbara’s Day are important to reflect on the year that was, refocus on safety goals of zero harm and draw on collective learnings to reduce the incidence rates of both fatalities and serious injuries to mining workers.
“It is also an opportune time to be thankful for the mineral abundance that has been bestowed on our State and to celebrate the innovative minds that allow our industry to succeed.”
Guests at the St Barbara’s Day luncheon will hear from Alexandra Atkins, of Alex Atkins & Associates and non-executive director of Perenti Global and International Women in Mining, who will talk about her journey in mining.
St Barbara’s Day Luncheon
Date: Friday 4 December 2020
Venue: Optus Stadium, River Room 1 & 2
Time: 12.00pm to 3.30pm