The below is important for the whole community of Queenstown and the entire west coast. The town was in a desperate state of uncertainty last year after CMT replaced the existing contractor with barminco and then pretty much got rid of or threatened to remove any workers without a trade certificate / degree. Some men had been with the mine for decades. But, had no or little formal qualifications. Men with families to support. The local community and a local economy to support. That uncertainty was compounded by a Double fatality within months of the change over and then another death a month or so later. The mine is still not fully operational. The workers and their families need any assistance for a secure and safe future they can get. I doubt many will get support for depression but at least someone is trying. good on beyond-blue.
This is not a reflection on CMT or Barminco.
Help at hand for Mount Lyell miners:
Depression support group beyondblue has responded to reports it has received of mine workers on the West Coast turning to alcohol and attempting suicide after the deaths of three Mount Lyell miners.
On top of the widespread grief in the close-knit community, workers are also feeling the financial hardship of the Mount Lyell mine shutdown.
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett was at Queenstown recently and called for immediate action to help those affected at the mines.
Mr Kennett announced a beyondblue community event would be held at Queenstown to assist people going through a tough time.
"Queenstown is another town where the locals are dealing with huge challenges following the shutdown of the Mount Lyell mine," Mr Kennett said in a letter to the editor.
"I have personally spoken to the manager at the Mount Lyell mine and I am impressed by the efforts they are going to, both to assist their staff and the community through this troubling period.
"Further, we at beyondblue have offered any help that the managers of the mine feel might be of value to the community and to that end beyondblue will return to Tasmania to hold a community event at Queenstown on February 23."
More than 150 workers at the Mount Lyell copper mine have been put on half pay while the site remains under investigation.
Production at the mine has been suspended after a contractor died in a mud rush last month and two workers were killed in the mine's shaft in December.
Engineers are trying to find ways to return the site to operation.
Beyondblue community event at Queenstown
WHEN: Sunday, February 23.
TIME: 12pm to 5pm.
WHERE: Queenstown Football Club.
DETAILS: Between 12pm and 2pm the Hawthorn Football Club will hold a footy clinic with three of its players (players still to be confirmed).
From 2pm to 5pm beyondblue will host a barbecue with entertainment, free information materials and a presentation from former beyondblue chief executive and current Rural Alive and Well Tasmania board member Leonie Young and beyondblue ambassador Greg Barnes.
http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/208 ... ers/?cs=87
source: The Advocate 14 February 2014
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