QUEENSLAND COAL MINING BOARD OF INQUIRY
The Board was established by the Honourable the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham MP on 22 May 2020 to investigate the serious accident that occurred at Grosvenor mine on 6 May 2020 and various high potential incidents involving longwall-related exceedances of methane that occurred in the Queensland coal mining industry between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020.
The Board commenced work immediately upon its establishment and will provide an interim report by 31 August 2020 and a final report about its findings and recommendations to the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy by 31 May 2021.
Mr Terry Martin SC was a judge of the District Court of Queensland from 13 July 2007 until retiring on 28 January 2018.
Prior to that he had a substantial criminal law practice being admitted as a barrister in 1977 and was appointed Silk in 1996. Mr Martin’s extensive criminal law experience includes prosecuting on behalf of the State and Commonwealth.
Prior to his admission to the Bar, Mr Martin was an Associate to former Chief Judge Shanahan in Rockhampton (1973 to 1975) and an Associate to former Judge Kimmins.
Most recently, he led the independent inquiry into the management of retired racehorses, investigating the welfare and treatment of racehorses in Queensland, including the regulatory and oversight arrangements for abattoirs and knackeries and the transport of horses to those facilities.
Mr Andrew Clough has extensive experience in the mining sector, including as Vice President Health Safety and Environment for Peabody Australia, General Manager at the Broadmeadow Mine, Project Manager for the Ellensfield Project, General Manager of the North Goonyella Mine and General Manager Metropolitan Colliery.
Mr Clough was also previously Chief Inspector of Mines for Queensland from 2013 to 2015, ensuring industry compliance with the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act and Regulations.
Commencing in the industry as a miner, he holds a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours in Engineering – Mining, a Master’s degree in Applied Science – Mining Geomechanics and Master of Business Administration.
Mr Glen Rice QC was educated at the University of Queensland earning degrees in Arts and Law. He was first called to the Queensland Bar in 1979 and has practised continuously since then.
Mr Rice QC practised as a Prosecutor in the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for many years specialising in serious and organised crime. He has appeared regularly in superior courts and in the Court of Appeal.
Mr Rice QC was appointed Senior Counsel in 2009 and Queen’s Counsel in 2013. He joined the private Bar in 2015. Since then he has continued to practise in crime, and in the areas of regulatory prosecutions, professional disciplinary matters, and in administrative law.