Employees and former defence personnel of Whitehaven Coal banding together with Boggabri RSL and Tamworth Legacy to raise funds for Legacy

Whitehaven Coal's ex-defence force members: Mark Houchen, Steve Milton, Hayden Bell, Josh Morris, Aaron Moseley, Bruce Willey, Mark Hurst and Mariah Hurst. Photo: Supplied
Whitehaven Coal's ex-defence force members: Mark Houchen, Steve Milton, Hayden Bell, Josh Morris, Aaron Moseley, Bruce Willey, Mark Hurst and Mariah Hurst. Photo: Supplied

Boggabri RSL recently teamed up with Tamworh Legacy and Whitehaven Coal to raise funds for Legacy.

Whitehaven employees and former defence personnel also gathered at Maules Creek coal mine to share their stories and reflect on the transition from a life in the defence force to a job in mining.

Former defence force corporal Mark Hurst said Whitehaven supported his transition into the workforce at the Narrabri underground coal mine.

“Since making my decision to choose a career in the mining industry following my long-term role in the army, which included a nine-month tour of Afghanistan on Operation Slipper, I have been fortunate enough to gain employment with ADS, Whitehaven Coal’s underground Drilling Contractor who have supported me throughout my transition into the mining industry,” Mr Hurst said.

Whitehaven CEO and managing director, Paul Flynn, said the company’s experience in hiring ex-service men and women had been extremely positive.

“We see peoples’ experience in the defence force as invaluable,” Mr Flynn said. 

“The incredible sacrifice they’ve made for their country is something we need to celebrate more often.”

Mr Flynn said the company would continue to encourage the hiring of ex-service men and women.