Fatal shooting highlights risks of search for uncovered riches – by Barry Fitzgerald(The Australian – June 24, 2016)


Australia’s resources industry is among the most adventurous in the world. It has long been prepared to travel to where the orebodies are, or where they might be found.

The adventurous streak reflects the crowded tenement scene in Australia, with coverage of prospective rocks near absolute. But leaving the crowd behind comes with greater risks.

As the fatal shooting of a local employee in Nigeria of ASX-listed mining contractor Macmahon Holdings, and the kidnapping of seven other employees including three Australians, has shown, the risks can be extreme.

A leading security expert and adviser to resources companies told The Australian yesterday that, generally speaking, security is handled well by Australia’s mining diaspora.

Not wanting to be named because of the nature of his work, the expert said Australians were experienced at being exposed in high-risk locations. “They have been great pioneers, and have often been the first to arrive.’’

But following the Nigerian incident, it is time for security procedures to be reviewed in high-risk locations, with a greater focus on understanding the community in which companies are operating rather than the “conventional stuff”.

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