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Second quarter of 2015 has seen the preparation, presentation and acceptance by the Board of the 2015/16 Operational and Capital budgets for QMRS. In line with current industry trends, QMRS has looked for any areas of savings that can be achieved and as a result operational costs have been reduced by a further 5% from the current year budget despite planning to introduce open cut training activity over the coming 12 months as well as increasing the underground training offerings.
Over the last 3 years, a program of upgrading facilities at both Dysart and Blackwater stations has allowed for capital expenditure to be reduced for the coming 12 months. Overall these steps have resulted in the QMRS budget in dollar terms being reduced by 19% from its peak in 2012/13. Like all parts of the industry, QMRS must be responsive to the challenges facing the coal industry and offer a value for money service to enhance our value proposition.
The 2015 QMRS Memorial Cup Mines Rescue Competition was conducted successfully in April with congratulations to Cook Colliery on its success in taking out this event. Our thanks are extended to the staff of Grasstree Mine for the great job they did in hosting the event. We look forward to welcoming all competitors and guests to Oaky No1 in August for the EK Healy Cup which is our state championship event and for which preparations are now well advanced.
It has been a pleasure to welcome Steve Dawe to QMRS as one of our Operations Managers and we look forward to his new ideas and experience helping to challenge us as we look to improve our service wherever possible. I would like to wish our Training Officer, Jason O’Connor, all the best for his new career back in the industry.
As 2015 evolves, I hope this newsletter finds you personally well and focused on safe coal mining, in whatever contribution you make to this great industry.
Chief Executive Officer