Nigel de Veth is chief executive officer with Roc-Drill, which has just started work on the Ravenswood Gold expansion project. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A….
What are your goals and expectations for your organisation and industry in 2021?
Roc-Drill will grow and develop our businesses and continue go above and beyond to exceed client expectations while providing a safety-first approach. Our industry is strong and the services sector is key to delivering the outcomes required for our industry.
Name one regulatory burden that could be changed to make your day easier
Transitioning at a faster rate to the amended MEROLA 2020 (Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill) legislation in Queensland, assisting mining companies to part-release or reduce Financial Assurance Bonds held by government with progressive rehabilitation. This allows for financial reward for well-managed sites. This acknowledgment would free up capital to allow our mining clients to further develop their assets.
How will you be spending the Christmas/New Year period?
I will be at home on the Gold Coast until Boxing Day, then driving one of Roc-Drill’s prime movers from Wacol HQ to the Ravenswood Gold mine. In conjunction with this I’ll be working to support the Roc-Drill teams who are onsite during this traditional holiday period.
What is the worst/funniest Christmas present you have ever received (or given)?
A George Foreman Grill!!!!! And a set of expensive steak knives thrown in.
What is your best/worst Christmas cracker joke?
Definitely the worst. Q: What do you call a snowman temper tantrum?? A: A meltdown!