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BMA Crinum Mine prepares to close this month

After twenty years, BMA’s Crinum Development Team bid farewell, prior to the mine closing it’s doors later this month.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Crinum Mine will shortly cease mining on its last development panel in preparation for final coal.

Crinum’s development team will be the first to complete works on site and will have an opportunity to formally farewell their team mates with celebrations planned for the end of this month before the majority of the team are redeployed to other sits within BMA.

General manager Matt Cooper said this would mark an important milestone for the team as the operation moves into care and maintenance at the end of this year.

“BMA’s Crinum Mine has a long and proud history operating in the Central Highlands, with many of our employees having been here for the entire life of this mine,” Matt said.

“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to personally thank all the development team for their efforts over the last twenty years might bring.”

Development superintendent Wayne Barnes has been working at BMA’s Crinum Mine since operations commenced in November, 1994, and said he had learnt a lot of important lessons working at BMA.

“My biggest lesson has been the importance of building a strong team culture,” Mr Barnes said.

“I have found over my time at Crinum that consulting or involving my team in the process of new ideas or techniques is very important. A team’s buy in is critical to the success of any plan and by simply bringing them together and talking through it, you can avoid failure.

“This is certainly something I will continue to instill as I take on new opporunities post-Crinum.”

BMA will farewell the Crinum Mine Development Team at the end of the month.

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