5th December 2018

The Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator has announced former Government Minister George Souris has been appointed as the new Chair of the State’s peak health and safety body for the mining industry, the Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC).

The Regulator’s Chief Compliance Officer Anthony Keon said Mr Souris will bring a wealth of experience to the Council.

“I’m delighted we have been able to secure George Souris as Chairman of this important advisory council,” Mr Keon said.

“Mr Souris has extensive government experience, which will be essential in his new role focusing on the health and safety of mine workers across NSW.”

Mr Souris has held senior roles in State Government including:

  • Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing;
  • Minister for the Arts;
  • Minister for Finance;
  • Minister for Ethnic Affairs; and
  • Minister for Land and Water Conservation

He has also served on a range of boards, both as a board member and Chair.

The MSAC provides advice to the Minister for Resources and Energy on work health and safety in the NSW mining industry.

The Council includes senior officials from the mining industry including the CFMMEU (Mining and Energy Division), Australian Workers Union, NSW Minerals Council and Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia.

Initiatives led by MSAC aim to improve the health and safety culture in the State’s billion-dollar mining industry.

Mr Souris replaces Carl Scully as Chair of the Council. Mr Scully’s three-year term as Chair ended earlier this year.