Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    New executive director of WA resources safety

    8/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • 16 years State mining experience brought to the role
    • Retirement well-earned after a decade of service
    Western Australia’s State Mining Engineer will step into the role of executive director for Resources Safety following the position being vacated by his predecessor after a decade of service.

    Simon Ridge was promoted from his current role as director of Mines Safety on the retirement of Malcolm Russell.

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said the appointment was very fitting as Mr Ridge had been a central figure at the Department of Mines and Petroleum for the past 16 years.

    “While Mr Russell was instrumental in driving resources safety reform in WA and establishing the RADARS strategy in 2009, Mr Ridge has been involved alongside him throughout the implementation process,” he said.

    “Now he’ll be able to expand his focus in this new position, covering minerals and petroleum.”

    The State Government has taken significant steps in the past two years to reform resources safety for the WA mining industry, introducing a cost recovery system to help improve capacity and increase the number of mines inspectors.

    The reforms were the State Government’s response to needs identified in independent reviews and inquiries, such as the 2009 Kenner Review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, and a spate of mining fatalities.

    “The Western Australian Government is committed to overhauling the way safety and health in the resources industry are regulated and this appointment will ensure a smooth transition to continue the mines safety work under way and implement reforms proposed for the petroleum sector,” the Minister said.  

    “I wish Mr Russell all the best for his retirement after 10 years at the helm and I thank him for his determination and efforts over the past two years in particular in strengthening safety regulation in the mining sector, and I look forward to working with Mr Ridge to implement changes that will help extend that across the whole industry in years to come.”

    Mr Ridge will continue in the role of State Mining Engineer while he heads up the Resources Safety Division.
          Fact File
    • Mr Ridge was awarded the prestigious Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Jim Torlach Health and Safety Award in June this year
    • For the latest information on the safety reforms go to: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/safetyreform

    Minister's office - 6552 5400